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  • Chelsea Olms/News Members of the Knox County Landmarks Foundation, Ariel Foundation, Mural Committee and the Grand Hotel, as well as sponsors and supporters of the mural project, pose in front of the finished mural located on the old Masonic Temple on Public Square.
  • Joshua Morrison/News With the rain out of the forecast, artist and Mount Vernon Nazarene University art department chair John Donnelly was able to get back to painting the mural on the former Masonic Temple building, 2 Public Square, on Saturday. The project is sponsored by the Knox County Landmarks Foundation and the Ariel Foundation.
  • Joshua Morrison/News With the rain out of the forecast, artist and Mount Vernon Nazarene University art department chair John Donnelly was able to get back to painting the mural on the former Masonic Temple building, 2 Public Square, on Saturday. The project is sponsored by the Knox County Landmarks Foundation and the Ariel Foundation.
  • Joshua Morrison/News John Donnelly continues to apply a base coat of white paint to the side of 2 Public Square in Mount Vernon. The side of the building will be transformed into a huge mural, much like the one at 14 E. Ohio Ave., the MTVArts Warehouse. This location will depict the inside of the former Mason Lodge.

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MOUNT VERNON — Thursday evening, the newest mural in downtown, located on the side of the former Masonic Temple beside the Grand Hotel, was officially dedicated.

John Donnelly, the artist of the piece who also did last year’s mural, began the work of art in June and added the finishing touches in October.

He told those at the dedication ceremony on Thursday that just transferring the grid from his smaller reference onto the wall took nearly a month because he did it all by hand. Because of the location in the Grand Hotel parking lot, he couldn’t use any spray paint for fear of damaging cars, so all of the primer was hand-rolled onto the wall.

And, though it was hard work, Donnelly said that it was both enjoyable and rewarding work, and he was happy with the way it turned out.

“I love the community, and I hope I get the chance to do another (mural) for you,” he said.

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