New mural at Hoag Library will be of swans

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

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 October 2019 at 12:47 pm

ALBION – The design for a new mural inside Hoag Library will show swans flying high over the Erie Canal.

Hoag Library patrons were asked to help pick the winning design. Stacey Kirby Steward, an Albion native, proposed three options for the mural, either showing swans, eagles or hawks in flight over the canal.

The vote totals include 71 for swans, 62 for eagles, and 27 for the hawk design.

The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the swan design after the community vote. Steward will paint the mural off-site and it will be installed in the Curtis Room, the largest meeting space in the library.

Betty Sue Miller, library director, said the mural could be in place in January.

An anonymous donor is funding the project.

This is the second art project at the library by Steward. She designed the stained-glass window with swans.

Before moving into the Hoag Library in July 2012, Albion’s public library was known as the Swan Library, where it opened at 4 North Main St. in 1900 and remained the library’s site for 112 years.

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