Public art continues to flourish at Old Hilliard with new mural


Old Hilliard is starting to look a lot more colorful.

The second mural commissioned from Old Hilliard is nearing completion on a wall at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St.

Jeremy Jarvis, 44, owner of Jarvis Art Studio near Westerville, said he started work on the public art piece in September and plans to finish the mural (24 feet by 40 feet ) by mid-December, weather permitting.

A sunny, dry day with temperatures over 32 degrees and little breeze on November 23 provided a perfect afternoon for Jarvis to work towards reaching the target time to complete the mural.

“I love to be outside and feel the seasons change,” Jarvis said.

He said he listened to a podcast sometimes, but was more likely to have Led Zeppelin or the Beatles playing, or maybe “newer music” like Olivia Rodrigo.

“I’m looking for new releases every week,” Jarvis said, and he shares music – new and old – with his kids.

The Old Hilliard Mural faces Wayne Street and is visible from Center Street.

Jarvis designed it but hasn’t named it yet. It portrays the bonds between artists and the community and aims to exemplify gratitude, he said.

The mural features sunflowers, a nod to the flower that is arguably responsible for the creation of the Hilliard Public Arts Commission.

When resident Kelley Daniel painted a sunflower on the garage of her Madison Street residence in 2009, Hilliard officials told her to remove it because the colors did not match the city code.

It was covered in plywood and remained in hiding until 2018 with the establishment of the Public Arts Commission, headed by Daniel, and subsequent commission approval of Daniel’s sunflower mural.

Jarvis was selected from five applicants who responded to a call for applications for the latest project, Daniel said.

The Public Arts Commission approved his mural on August 30, and city council confirmed the recommendation on September 13.

“We chose (Jarvis) because his mural was dedicated to the performing arts,” Daniel said. “Our vision was a mural that celebrates and promotes the value of public art to residents and visitors.

Jarvis received a commission of $ 20,000.

Robin Brenneman, executive director of the Hilliard Arts Council, based at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the new mural.

“It fits our mission perfectly (and) will increase our visibility and let people know that we are here,” she said.

Jarvis, from Michigan, said he came to central Ohio to attend Columbus College of Art & Design and stayed.

His other projects include a 100-by-20-foot mural on Gift Street in Franklinton titled “Dream Together,” one of several he created for the Harmony Project in Columbus.

He was also commissioned to render portraits of former directors of the nursing department at Ohio State University.

In addition to the mural at Hilliard, Jarvis oversees the collection of a series of panels painted by others and commissioned by Experience Columbus. These panels will be assembled for display in 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“I’ve been painting or drawing for as long as I can remember,” Jarvis said. “I’ve always loved painting, the creative process (and) the peace and quiet of the creative process.”

Jarvis, his wife Suman and their four children, aged 5 to 17, live near Westerville, where he has a home studio.

Work on a third mural at Old Hilliard is expected to begin early next year.

On November 22, city council confirmed the recommendation of the Public Arts Commission to place a mural by artist Sarah Hout on the Ross Realtors office building at 3988 Main Street.

Hout said Ross Realtors “wanted a vibrant mural that would encourage viewer interaction and make people smile” in a work inspired in part by the Pixar animated film, ‘Up’.

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