Seaforth mural, alley project nearing completion
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
A project to beautify an alley in Seaforth is drawing to a close with Goderich-area artist Tova Hasiwar’s mural being painted as one of the final stages of the project.
Huron East Economic Development Officer Jan Hawley started the project earlier this year. By drawing attention to and beautifying the alley, she was hoping to help drive people to their local Seaforth businesses during the main street construction this summer. However, the project would soon become two-pronged, with the COVID-19 pandemic further endangering local businesses.
Hawley, along with many local volunteers and artists, has worked to improve the condition of the alley, which wasn’t great when she began. However, in the months since, she has worked to clean up the alley and implement several art pieces, repurposing old bicycles and window frames and even a vintage phone booth, courtesy of Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
The mural is now underway and a promotional video has been produced, entitled “Looking Out My Back Door” to encourage shoppers and merchants to shift their business to the back doors of their shops in order to escape the extensive construction on the town’s main street.
The virtual premiere of the video will be hosted by Dr. Chris Cooper and Hawley on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The Zoom event is limited to 90 attendees, so to pre-register, e-mail Hawley at email@example.com.