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ST. JOE TODAY COMMISSIONS A TEMPORARY MURAL FOR THE BLUFF STAIRS


ST. JOSEPH, MI—St. Joe Today is happy to announce the installation of another temporary mural on the stairs leading up to Lake Bluff Park and downtown St. Joe. St. Joe Today was able to bring this project to the community with support from the Schalon Foundation. 

St. Joe Today started the mural project in 2018, the week leading up to Chalk the Block, with a permanent mural on the back of the Welcome Center building and continued with two temporary murals on the bluff stairs. The first was installed the summer of 2019 and the second the summer of 2021. All three pieces were commissioned and painted by Texas based artist Anat Ronen. 

A second permanent mural was created by Minnesota based artist Shawn McCann in the fall of 2019. This mural can be found on the back of the Holt Bosse building, located in the 100 block of State Street. 

The third permanent mural was created by Florida based artist Kumpa Tawornprom in the fall of 2021. This mural can be found on the side of the Silver Harbor Brewing Co. building in downtown St. Joseph. 

A fourth permanent mural was created by Indiana based artist Jeff Pilkinton in May of this year. This mural can be found in the alley behind Cornerstone Alliance in Benton Harbor. 

Zapal says this time around they partnered with Illinois based artist Nate Baranowski. “We were very excited to work with the Schalon Foundation to continue the mural project and add another temporary mural to the bluff stairs. This latest addition is a beautiful, vibrant, inclusive, welcoming celebration of summer and has already had a great response from the community.”

The newly installed mural gives a throwback of sorts to the days of the Silver Beach Amusement Park which was once the home of the Fun House Slides. This ride thrilled parkgoers as they raced down twin three-story hardwood maple slides on pieces of rugs. Zapal says, “With the recent release of the WNIT special, A Legacy of Memories: Silver Beach Amusement Park, it’s a nice little nod to days gone by.” 

St. Joe Today plans to continue the mural project in the future. “The murals have been well received and we can’t wait to plan more,” says Zapal. “Projects will continue in the fall and spring, weather permitting.” 

Additional upcoming spring and summer events: 

St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 28-October 8 (9:00a-2:00p) Love Local Weekends: Third Weekend of the Month, June-September Friday Night Concert Series: June 17, July 16, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 (7:00p-8:00p) Antiques on the Bluff: July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 (10:00a-5:00p) Mike Yore Memorial Car Show: Friday, July 15 (4:00p-8:00p) 

Lake Bluff Artisan Fair: July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 3 (10:00a-5:00p) 

Chalk the Block: Aug. 5-7 (All Weekend) 

The Schalon Foundation has a history of supporting cultural activities in the Twin Cities. Suz Schalon of the Schalon Foundation says, “Underwriting this unique placemaking project has been a great opportunity to support our community in general and St. Joe Today in particular.” 

St. Joe Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to producing fantastic events and promoting local businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events and details call St. Joe Today at (269) 985 1111 or visit stjoetoday.com.