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With your help, Artist Brett Steeves will paint this vibrant commemorative mural to help beautify a street in Corning!
With your help, Artist Brett Steeves will paint this vibrant commemorative mural to help beautify a street in Corning!
72 backers pledged $13,651 to help bring this project to life.

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The Brick House Mural Project is an art installation on the side of a brick cornerstone building, located on the north side of Corning’s Gaffer District. The project is part of the ongoing efforts to beautify this section of Corning and re-build its reputation as an important part of the history and culture of the city. With your help, we will transform this two-story brick wall into a welcoming and creative display of pride in Corning history titled, "A Glimpse into the Past".

Using techniques designed to “fool-the-eye” (Trompe L’oeil), professional muralist Brett Steeves (SomersCreative.com) will create a mural full of Corning history and heritage. Local residents will enjoy a sense of pride as they see and share the mural with friends and family. For many tourists this will be their first introduction to Corning as they enter the Gaffer District from the north.

WHY? Because well-done murals say a lot about who we are here in Corning.

Murals build a sense of community. They make it welcoming and walk-able. They make you want to go there and experience them. Their deeper value lies in the conversations they create and the connections they build. They tell the stories of individuals, neighborhoods, and the cities in which they are located.

Following the lead of a multitude of towns and cities across the globe, our mural will not be just a strong drawing feature for tourism. It will be a constant reminder that Art is very much a part of the culture here.

"A Glimpse into the Past"
"A Glimpse into the Past"

When one visits the site of a mural it appears as an oasis of positive energy and tidiness in an otherwise bleak and tired area. It feels safe and very much like a “Welcome Mat”.

WHAT? Further defining the project.

Located at the corner of Pulteney and Bridge Streets in downtown Corning, the building is only blocks away from the Corning Museum of Glass. This will be one of Corning’s largest mural projects to date, in scope, visibility, and notability.

Currently, the building looks like this.
Currently, the building looks like this.

HOW? What is the process?

In order to begin with the best possible surface for long-term viability, we’ll start with a thorough cleaning and abrading of the existing paint. Once we are assured of a proper surface, a high-quality exterior primer with UV stabilizers and enhanced adhesion characteristics is applied. The mural itself is then painted in high-quality latex acrylics. This type of paint allows for the shrinking and expansion brought on by the elements. The finished mural first receives a permanent coat of a clear varnish. (This layer cannot be removed with water or mineral spirits) The final layer is a Petroleum based clear varnish with UV stabilizers in it. Should the mural be subjected to graffiti this coat, along with the graffiti, is removable with mineral spirits. It can only be removed down to the first clear coat. The mural is thereby protected and a new final layer of clear can be re-applied.

In this fashion, the mural can be expected to last as many as 15 years or more before needing some attention.

WHO is the Artist?

Brett Steeves has been painting murals, both commercial and residential, at locations up and down the eastern coast of United States for more than 20 years. Before that, beginning in 1978 he worked in other mediums.

He has been commissioned to create themed building facades and interior murals by private individuals, designers, developers, business owner, museums, and government agencies.

Most recently Brett is completing a series of historical murals in Hammondsport, NY. The series commemorates the local wine industry history, hometown inventor and aviator Glenn Curtiss as well as the local Native American culture from years gone by.

WHO ELSE is involved?

Brick House Brewery owners, Karin & David Fice along with co-owners Karen & Mark Harrison, are offering the side of their building, to be the canvas for the mural. Their hope is to "breathe life" into a part of the city that in recent years tends to be forgotten by locals and tourists who are often drawn to the bustling and quaint Market Street side of the city.

The Brewery owners were familiar with Brett Steeves' eye-catching artwork, and reached out to him for help in transforming their otherwise large, plain, brick building into a colorful commemorative mural highlighting Corning's history and in the process, help beautify the Northside.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

We have created a selection of super cool incentives with the BHMP Supporter Logo as well as incentives that will be created with the finalized mural image to give to each of our backers at the various levels of support once our project is fully funded! Take a look at a few of them shown below - we hope you will like them as much as we do!

 

Risks and challenges

This 2-story project will begin in late June and be completed by the end of July. Painting publicly, outside comes with some minimal risks in the summer months, most notably - weather. In the event that it rains nonstop during this time window, the project timeline (and therefore incentives that include images of the finalized mural) will need to be adjusted.

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    BHMP Supporter Sticker!

    You will receive our Heartfelt Thank You as well as an adhesive sticker emblazoned with our Supporter Logo (pictured to the left). You can let everybody know that you support the Arts in Corning!

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    Collector's Card of Finalized Mural!

    You'll receive a beautiful and frame-able 6"x9" high-resolution photo of the final project, using archival paper and inks, signed by the artist along with a BHMP Supporter Sticker.

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    BHMP Logo T-Shirt!

    Not only with you receive a stylish, brick-red supporter t-shirt with our BHMP Logo emblazoned on the back and left chest, but you will also receive the Collector's Card (signed by the artist) and our BHMP Logo adhesive sticker to show your support of local arts!

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    BHMP Logo Tankard

    Enjoy your favorite cold or hot drink from this super cool tankard emblazoned with our BHMP Supporter Logo! You will also receive the Collector's Card and BHMP Supporter Sticker to display your support of this project!

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    Your Name in the Mural!

    Your support will be "immortalized"for all to see! The mural will contain special bricks painted with the "look" of engraved names of generous donors like you.

    Have your name placed or dedicate your donation to someone special!

    **You will also receive a signed Collector's Card showing the finalized mural as well as a BHMP Supporter Sticker as a thank you for your contribution.

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    Framed Limited Edition Print!

    Your support will shine for all who see this beautiful matted and framed print of the finalized mural, complete with a "Special Thanks" to you printed in a window in the matte.

    **You will also receive a signed Collector's Card showing the finalized mural as well as a BHMP Supporter Sticker as a thank you for your contribution.

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    Party Bonanza!

    For you support at this level, you'll receive a VIP invitation (for you and a guest) to the private celebration party at the Brick House Brewery. Not only will we fill your bellies with delicious food, but you will get your name added to the mural as described above.

    *After a fun-filled evening, you will go home with a "Goodie Bag" full of BHMP themed items.

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    Painting Party!

    A little paint, a few hors d'oeuvres, and a whole lot of fun!

    Brick House Brewery will host a Painting Party! Artist, Brett Steeves, will provide painting instruction for a fun & creative project. Just bring yourself & up to 7 of your closest friends to the party and we will provide the rest!

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    Corporate Supporter - Name in Mural!

    Have your business name added to the mural! Brett will work with you to have your business name or logo added to the mural as a Supporter.

    You will also receive the Framed Limited Edition Print of the finalized mural with a "Special Thanks" to you printed in the window in the matte, as well as an invitation for 2 to a celebration Party Bonanza at Brick House Brewery, and a goodie bag to take home!

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