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Hoag Library will add mural and seeks public’s help in picking design

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2019 at 5:32 pm

Either swans, eagles or hawks will be painted flying over canal

Courtesy of Hoag Library: This design by artist Stacey Kirby Steward shows swans flying over the Erie Canal.

This design features a hawk over the local landscape.

ALBION – Hoag Library wants to hear from the public on the best avian creature to feature in a mural in the main meeting room.

An anonymous donor is covering the cost to have artist Stacey Kirby Steward paint the mural. It will feature either swans, hawks or eagles flying over the Erie Canal.

Hoag Library welcomes the public to vote for a design. Voting must be done in person at the library until Monday, Oct. 7.

The mural will be above the kitchenette in the Curtis Meeting Room. This is the second art project at the library by Kirby Steward, an Albion native who lives in Spencerport. She designed the stained-glass window with swans.

Last year, she finished a 24-foot-long mural of Santa Claus in a sleigh over downtown Albion. She also painted murals inside the lyceum for the Catholic Church in Albion.

She has done several large-scale public art projects between Middleport and Greece, often with themes about the Erie Canal.

Once the voting results are tallied, the library’s board of trustees will consider the next steps in the process.

Kirby Steward also proposed a design with eagles up high over the local canal.

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