Thu 9/26 @ 5-8PM
Back in July, we shared the news that a 60-foot mural called “Love Letter to Cleveland,” created by local husband-and-wife artist team of Gary and Laura Dumm, had found a new home.
Originally installed in 2013 on the wall of the old Orange Blossom Press Building on West 25th Street in Ohio City, the work, drawn by Gary and colored by Laura, featured such landmarks as the nearby West Side Market, the Free Stamp, the Guardians of Traffic on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge and the Hulett Ore Unloaders, plus a variety of local landmark personalities including Dorothy Fuldheim, Jesse Owens, Ghoulardi, Dennis Kucinich, Jane Scott and Michael Stanley. These noted cat lovers managed to work in an image of their famous cat Bubba.
Unfortunately, the mural fell prey to the elements and was eventually removed; the Dumms started a GoFundMe page to reprint it. Its new indoor home is at Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library’s Cleveland Memory Project on the third floor of Rhodes Tower. It was installed in mid-July on two long hallways leading to the library’s Special Collections.
Now the mural will receive an official dedication reception, starting at 5pm, with talks@ 6pm. It’s free and open to all, and there will be food!