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Bicycle-themed mural unveiled in Arts & Entertainment District

Bicycle-themed mural unveiled in Arts & Entertainment District

Hagerstown, MD- The work of many hands was revealed this Tuesday afternoon when officials from the City of Hagerstown and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts unveiled a bicycle-themed mural at the North Potomac Street Parking Deck.
"The alcove outside the parking deck was an underutilized space in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District," said City Engineer Rodney Tissue. "We saw this as an opportunity to add more art to the City Center and at the same time highlight our initiative to become a bicycle-friendly community. We were pleased that BISFA agreed to assist with the beautification of the alcove."
Sixteen students from BIFSA worked on the artwork, which is now displayed in the back alcove of the North Potomac Street Deck. The project was funded through a Maryland Heritage Area Grant.
BISFA student Stephen Sheredy designed the mural which is entitled "Biking Through History." Three student concept drawings were submitted to the Mayor and Council, and Sheredy's work was chosen as the winning design.
"I really enjoyed the experience of designing and working on the mural." said Sheredy. "It was an honor to create a work of art for the community."
Dr. Teresa Roberts, Lead Teacher for the Visual Arts Students, lead the students throughout the school year on the project.
"As a teacher, I really appreciate the opportunity that the mural project presented for the Barbara Ingram Visual Arts students to learn about Hagerstown and the art of mural making," said Dr. Roberts. "We hope that the community will enjoy our efforts."
Students from the Primary Mural Team are Stephen Sheredy, Mural Design; Jordan Cannon, Student Liaison; Esther Chin; Sarah Gillelan; Liana James; Caitlin McPherson; Erin Mettille and Robin Sarmiento. Students from the Secondary Mural Team include Shelby Baugher, Gideon Beebe, Nahja Collins, Tyler Fitchet, Lauren Giannola, Kaya Johnson, Kayla Keeler and Ashley Sutphin.
"The Mayor and City Council are honored today to unveil this special mural with a bicycle theme," stated Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II. "Not only is this exciting because we are celebrating National Bike Month, but we are also showcasing how the school for the arts is vital to our City Center and to our Arts and Entertainment District."
Many departments within the City of Hagerstown helped make the project possible. The Parks and Engineering Department guided the project, while the City's Community and Economic Development Department secured the grant. The Public Works department hung the mural, installed the bench, lights, sign, bicycle and plaque and enhanced the landscaping.

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