Murals making Middleburgh famous


By David Avitabile

In addition to wildflowers during the summer, Middleburgh is becoming known for its murals.
Village trustee Lillian Bruno has worked on a New York State grant through the DEC which could get the village its fourth outdoor mural.
The village board agreed earlier this month to apply for a $16,000 grant through the state DEC Mohawk River Basin mini-grant program.
If successful, a new four-panel mural would be placed on the side of the Smiths' chiropractor building on Main Street.
The other outdoor murals in the village are on the pavilion on Baker Avenue, facing the Apple Food store on Main Street, and on the Artisans' Gallery building next to the Lutheran Church. There is also a mural in the lobby of the post office painted at the end of the Great Depression.
A new mural would have to capture the culture and heritage of the region and the Smiths, the artist, the village board and the historian will be consulted before a decision is made on the subject, according to Ms. Bruno.
The Smiths have suggested something on the early settlers, Ms. Bruno said.
The grant is for $8,000 with an $8,000 in-kind match. The artist selected will be asked to donate 400 hours of in-kind work to the project which will count toward the $8,000, she added.
The mural would have to be completed within two years of the grant being awarded.
The panels for the mural would be owned by the village.
Village officials are gathering a list of potential artists and locations for future murals, Ms. Bruno said.
"The Murals of Middleburgh," according to Trustee Bill Morton, are a big reason why the village has enjoyed a recent resurgence and new businesses.