Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Mural Completed at Bish Discovery Center

While the Bish Discovery Center has been closed to the public in efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, progress inside the building is still being made. One new feature for the building is the addition of a mural on the north wall. Last year, the Rotary Club of Greenville awarded the Darke County Parks funds to complete this project and Naturalist staff went to work brainstorming a vision for the mural. After a couple of months of searching, artist and author April Newton was chosen to bring the vision to life.

April grew up in New Madison and raised her 5 children there as well. She now resides in Columbus with her husband Tom and stepson Weston. April published and illustrated her first children’s book, “Popcorn-The Wondering Little Lamb” in November of 2019. Her book is now available on Amazon.

April started working on the mural April 24th, during the shutdown. “I really enjoyed being able to get out of the house during the coronavirus shut down” she remarked. After a few weeks of hard work, the mural was completed on May 15th. The mural features several storybook style outdoor rec scenes that illustrate the relationship between people and wild places. When asked which feature of the mural was her favorite to work on, April replied “I enjoyed painting the beavers!”

The Darke County Parks’ board of commissioners would like to thank April for all of her hard work in making the mural come to life. A reopen date for the Bish Discovery Center is currently being discussed, stay tuned.

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