Going forward, we have two projects for 2022 for which we are seeking help. First, we plan to begin the Ice House mural this spring, at 414 East Oak Street. Rich Stinnett is the designer of a tie-dyed version of the Newton flag. We are working with the City of Newton, which will install lighting so the mural can be seen at night from the Amtrak trains passing through.
The second project is rehabbing the Imagineers, a mural installed at 3rd Street and Main in 2010. The mural has been touched up once and is now badly in need of repainting. We made repairs last fall, and when funds have been raised, the mural will be repainted as needed, and varnished. The artist, Dave Lowenstein is willing to return to Newton to repair the mural. The area at 3rd and Main will one day be a beautiful center of town. We believe renewing this mural is important to the area.
A possible third project for 2022 is the R. Michael Rhoades Community Wetlands Project. Work is underway on this project, located in wetlands north of Highway 50 and SW 14th Street. Newton Murals and Arts will put out a request for designs with a bird theme to create panels which will be added to kiosks along the pathways and bird-watching areas. The project will include the work of five artists. The bird sanctuary will add to the amenities of Newton, attracting walkers and bird watchers.