On August 27th and 28th, Friends of Deckers Creek teamed up with local artist, Michael McDevitt, to paint the large mural under Don Knotts Blvd. at Mile 0 of the Deckers Creek Rail Trail. The mural is located where the Deckers Creek trail intersects with the Morgantown Waterfront.
Finishing this 12 foot by 89 foot mural in 2 days would be a challenge. However, with a small group of thoughtful citizens, anything is possible.
The Painting Process
Step 1: Finalize the design.
Step 2: Paint the canvas white (and hope that it doesn't get graffitied).
Step 3: Create 3 ft. grids and draw the design in chalk.
Step 2: Use black paint to outline.
Step 3: Fill in color - day 1.
Adrienne Holliday, Fox, and Briar Rose add the first bit of color to the mural.
Color really makes the mural pop.
The Gorge gets its first splash of color!
Step 4: Day 2 - Transfer text with graphite paper and keep on painting.
Suz Kepple, FODC Americorp VISTA, works on cleaning up black lines.
We even put WBOY News Reporter Paige Hopkins to work!
The Final Product
Excuse the changes in lighting - the blinding evening sun made it difficult to get a clear picture, so we had to put together a series of separate pictures.
We are so grateful for the help of Michael McDevitt, the extraordinary artist who designed this educational mural. With his expertise, we accomplished this feat in 2 days and with minimal blood, sweat, and tears.
We are also thankful for our amazing team of volunteers. Over the course of the weekend, around 70-75 talented individuals joined us.
Special thanks to Morgantown Blueprint, who printed out all of the text that we transferred.
Thanks as well to Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club and the City of Morgantown for allowing us to borrow equipment that made the painting possible.