As part of Baldwin City’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City Library and the City of Baldwin City partnered to produce a free community arts class funded by the Douglas County Community Foundation. Working with a lead artist, class participants will design and create five historically-themed benches. The lead artists included Becky Weaver, Christina Malicke, Kathy Bourgeois, Lisa Slavin and Meg Cundiff.

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, our first mural bench was revealed by Team Becky Weaver with Vickie Weaver, Luke Weaver, Bronté Bailey-Batman and Sommer Brecheisen and Sunny Allen. The theme is “Lucy’s Legacy” and you can red more about the theme here. On Friday, September 19, 2020 two additional benches were unveiled. One of these benches salutes Baker University with Team Christina Malicke and members Becki Dick, Sheena Parsons and Ruthie Rodden. The other bench celebrates the evolution of the Lumberyard Arts Center with Team Kathy Bourgeois and members Sandy Cardens, Roma Earles, Mindy Pendreigh and Sharron Spence.

The final two mural benches were revealed as part of the final “Live on High – Third Fridays Baldwin City,” October 16, 2020. This post features the  “Maple Leaf Festival” was created by lead artist, Meg Cundiff with Barbara Pressgrove, Julie Constantinescu, Olivia Callahan, Melanie Callahan, Jillian Markway and Ella Conover. The final bench entitled ” Evolving Pathways” was created by lead artist Lisa Slavin with team members Ilene Kimsey, Donna Gratts, Sharon Vesecky, and The Perez family Frank, Cynthia, Annette, Isabel, and Gabriel.

Team Meg Cundiff with Barbara Pressgrove, Julie Constantinescu, Olivia Callahan, Melanie Callahan, Jillian Markway and Ella Conover

Maple Leaf Festival

Prior to the development of Sullivan Square, the “Lotatorium” featured a large advertisement for the Maple Leaf Festival. The sign was removed and Meg and her team decided that a mural needed to be present in Sullivan Square that advertised Baldwin City’s Maple Leaf Festival. The bench features the Maple Leaf Festival’s founding in 1958 and highlights the traditional annual date of the third weekend in October. Capturing the feel of the “carnival-like” atmosphere the mural visually represents key components of the festival including the quilt show, train rides, petting zoo, live local music, craft booths and food…including the famous turkey legs.

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