“RiverScape is a gathering place, and this is another step in making downtown more livable and fun for the community,” said Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership.
Janet Bly, general manager of the Miami Conservancy District — which owns the flood wall — said it has protected the neighborhood from flooding since 1922. “Now it will continue to do that but be a beautiful new addition to RiverScape, downtown Dayton and the view,” she said.
Deal — a long-standing member of the Dayton art, design, and advertising community — currently paints full-time in her east Dayton studio. She formerly served as art director of the Real Art Design Group and has exhibited at Rosewood Arts Center, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Visual Arts Center and Missing Peace Art Space. She’s part of the Art Comes Alive show in Cincinnati at Art Design Consultants, and will exhibit paintings at this year’s Ohio State Fair. Through the end of June, her art is on display at Java Nation in Celina.
The River Run mural project began when the conservancy district rehabilitated the 90-year-old wall last fall. The River Run Mural will complement RiverScape River Run, a project that will remove dangerous low dams and replacethem with in-river flow control structures that double as recreational paddle sport channels. RiverScape River Run is the signature project of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a multipronged economic development initiative and strategic blueprint for Dayton's center city, according to the Downtown Dayton Partnership. The project was made possible through the support of the CareSource Foundation, The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Cox Media Group Ohio. Visit www.downtowndayton.org for more information.