WAYNE – Members of the public were able to get to know the artist who has been working on the new mural on the north side of the Majestic Theatre Tuesday afternoon.
The meet and greet was hosted by the City of Wayne’s Public Art Committee. The Majestic is located at 310 Main Street in downtown Wayne.
After City Administrator, Wes Blecke opened the event, Dave Loewenstein welcomed in the community explaining the mural as Tuesday’s rain moved the meet and greet event inside the Majestic. Loewenstein talked about how he heard of the opportunity to visit Wayne and other states he’s painted murals in.
“A friend of mine in Vermillion told me that there was a project that was going to get started here in Wayne and there was a call for proposals,” said Loewenstein. “Just a few other murals in Nebraska, Iowa for sure, Illinois.”
After initial research for a proposal, Loewenstein came to Wayne after he was selected and participated in a zoom meeting along with a lot of online research.
Loewenstein’s vision was to adapt iconic forms glowing above the town’s skyline to represent different aspects of Wayne, including, history, culture and community pride, including references to The Wayne Chicken Show, AquaPop, the Wayne County Fair, Wayne State College and Providence Medical Center. In addition, this illuminated skyline has a backdrop of constellations inspired by the Wayne State Fred G. Dale Planetarium symbolizing history, home and the future.
The artist visited Wayne five times every other week for 4-5 days at a time over the summer.
“As I said just a minute ago the weather was perfect until today (Tuesday),” Loewenstein added. “So, I encourage folks to come out when it’s nice again and get up close to the mural and see what it’s all about.”
The design celebrates the look and feel of movie marquees and illuminated signs inspired by the Majestic Theatre.
With the weather turning, mural season outside it just about over as the artist is looking forward to working on some projects next year. He’s also looking forward to spending time with his three-year old back in Lawrence, Kansas.
“I’ve just been really grateful,” Loewenstein mentioned. “Everyone here has been super and had a great experience and look forward to coming back.”
Visit daveloewenstein.com for more information.