FARMINGTON -- Local artists will be invited to lend a brush to provide wall decor for City Hall.
Members of an Interior Design Committee outlined initial plans to provide artwork for the city's new $3.58 million municipal building at 160 S. Main St., during a recent meeting of the city council.
Those plans involve providing an opportunity for at least seven local artists to contribute a landscape painting to spruce up the walls of the chamber, where the council holds its meetings.
Councilman Jim Talbot, who heads the committee, said the group wants to add artwork to the new building, which opened in July 2010, in phases.
Initial plans call for paintings for the entry to the building, the chamber room and the staircase.
Aided by Alyssa Revel and artist Rebecca Mann, Talbot said the committee hopes to purchase seven 4-foot by 8-foot framed canvases to make available to local artists to paint landscapes for the chamber room, beneath lighting on the side walls.
He hopes the artists will donate their talent to the city as part of the project.
Talbot said the group hopes to use the back wall of the room for a mural, and put two black and white or sepia photographs of Main Street in Farmington on the wall behind the dais.One of the photographs would show old Farmington and the other would show the city as the same scene looks now.
"The photographs will show where we've been and where we are now," Revel said.
As for the mural and landscape paintings, Mann claims a number of talented artists who live within the city could contribute significantly to the look of the new structure.
Mann is among that group of talented artists, and Talbot showed a few sketches she had done to help illustrate possible ideas for the mural.
Revel, who heads the city's historical preservation committee, hopes to use the staircase between the main floor and second floor to help visitors to the building get a glimpse of Farmington's history.
The walls on the stairwell would be used to incrementally tell the history of the city from 1847 to 2010, when the building was opened.