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Mural graces downtown Ticonderoga

Alliance project takes a year to complete

Maryann Andrushko, owner of the Ti Barber Shop, and her daughter, Keeley, helped paint the new mural on the side of the building. Jim Beaty, Seddon Beaty and Patty Hogan also painted during the project.

Maryann Andrushko, owner of the Ti Barber Shop, and her daughter, Keeley, helped paint the new mural on the side of the building. Jim Beaty, Seddon Beaty and Patty Hogan also painted during the project.

— A blank wall in downtown Ticonderoga is now a mural, depicting the community located between two lakes.

The north wall of the Ti Barbershop building on Champlain Avenue is now a work of art thanks to a Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance project.

“If you haven’t noticed the mural yet, please take a ride or walk past Jay’s Sunoco and enjoy the transformation of the Ti Barber Shop building,” said Chattie Van Wert, alliance executive director. “It is the result of a private building owner wanting to improve the appearance of an unsightly downtown wall and a group of volunteers, businesses and community organizations working with Ti Alliance to make it happen.”

The project was more than a year in the making. Last June several Ticonderoga buildings were targeted for potential murals and a contest created to attract artists. No artists expressed interest, though.

“That could have been the end of the story,” Van Wert said. “In October 2012, a few interested and determined individuals started coming together to keep the mural vision alive for the side of the Ti Barber Shop building The building owner and town barber, Maryann Andrushko, was ready to work with someone to design an image and paint it on the side of her building. We had images of a Schroon Lake mural and several Linda Smyth murals of Port Henry as models to inspire use. We just needed some artistic talent.”

Alliance members recruited Ti High art teacher Britney (McCarthy) Shaw and her students to assist in the mural’s design.

“Ticonderoga is nestled between two lakes — hence our name — and beautiful mountains, so an image of lakes and mountains was our goal,” Van Wert said. “Ticonderoga students love to use the school colors in art so their images included ‘purple mountains majesty.’ Several student images were submitted, reviewed by our team and one was chosen to work with.

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