MainStreet Cleveland just completed the project that showcases painted silhouette scenes in 24 windows.
Kathy Rohsenberger, past president of the MainStreet Cleveland board of directors, came up with the idea and headed the project.
According to Rohsenberger, “I felt our East portal entry into Cleveland did not reflect the energy and life that is currently being infused into the downtown area. From the additions of residential spaces and restaurants, to new businesses, our historic downtown is seeing a wonderful resurgence. These window silhouettes are a simple way to add, not only art to the area, but challenge the imagination of passers-by.”
“MainStreet Cleveland is very fortunate to have business owners who are passionate about preserving downtown,” said Sharon Marr, MainStreet Cleveland executive director.
“A special thank you to Tri-Con Inc. construction company for preparing for, delivering and installing the paintings. Cleveland Plywood made a generous donation of materials.”
Local artist Avery McNease, owner of The Eager Beader for 18 years, painted the silhouettes on 4x6 pieces of plywood. The silhouettes create an image of what life may be like for those living and working above the storefronts.
McNease has a history of creating art related to downtown Cleveland buildings. In the mid ’90s he carved many of the building replicas in the “Our Town” series under the tutelage of the late Larry Epperson. For this project, 15-year-old artist Emily Young worked alongside McNease in painting the silhouettes.
According to McNease, The Eager Beader, located at 1420 25th St., features paintings, sculptures, silver and gold custom jewelry. Ages 5 to 75 have participated in the art classes for painting, pottery, and silver working,
MainStreet Cleveland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and revitalization of downtown Cleveland. The mission is to create an environment for growth, development and design enhancements of the business, residential and government areas of downtown Cleveland, to preserve and protect the historic significance of existing sites and to promote this progress to the citizens and visitors.
MainStreet’s goal is “to leave future generations with a thriving, progressive downtown that still tells the story of Cleveland’s past.”