Butterfly mural

Artist Kelsey Montague spoke about her experience in Batesville: “I was so grateful they agreed to the bright orange background of my dreams, and I was so touched when so many members of the community came out to see the unveiling of both murals!”

Batesville is one of 10 cities in America mentioned in a Forbes Magazine article about the artwork of street artist Kelsey Montague, reported community development director Steven Harmeyer Aug. 30.

The article titled “10 Unforgettable Murals: See Kelsey Montague’s Bigger-Than-Life Artwork Throughout the U.S.” highlights just a few of the many murals created by Montague in many cities and small towns throughout the country.

The featured Batesville mural was painted on Hillrom’s Training Center building on Walnut Street between George and Pearl streets. It depicts monarch and other butterflies to symbolize the company’s Monarch cystic fibrosis therapy device.

Montague created two murals here in July with designs selected by the community. The second mural on the Boehringer Street side of Miss Shannon’s Music Studio building is a tree swing. It was selected after a public survey conducted by the Mayor’s Youth Council.

The Batesville murals were commissioned and made possible by the Mayor’s Youth Council, Batesville Main Street, Ripley County Community Foundation, Hillrom, Gillman Home Center, Batesville City Council, Enneking Painting Co. and private donations.

Mayor Mike Bettice said, “This is really exciting to see a project in Batesville appear in a major publication like Forbes and it all got started by Batesville’s Mayor’s Youth Council and Main Street, which have worked so diligently to bring more art to downtown.”

The article by Robin Raven with photos that was posted online Aug. 30 may be read at https://bit.ly/2LdLTog

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