Mural behind ice cream shop brightens downtown Ravenna – Record-Courier

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A Ravenna artist has commissioned a mural on the side of a downtown building to serve as a backdrop for her outdoor photos.

Davinda Wagner Baldasare, owner of Capture Life Photography by Davinda, commissioned the mural on the wall of Vance’s Carriage House Creamery off Cherry Way in downtown Ravenna. Artist Iris Menegay painted the mural, with help from her mom, Wendy.

Although Ravenna has a mural program, Baldasare said this mural is separate from that effort and was created because she wanted a backdrop to use for her photos. She specializes in teen and senior photography and said she frequently visits Umbrella Alley in Louisville, where many artists, including Menegay, have painted murals.

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“Photographers will go anywhere and everywhere to get a good photo,” she said. “Since I live here in Ravenna, I wanted to do it locally.”

The predominant colors in the mural – blue, yellow and pink – were selected because they’re the brand colors for the ice cream shop.

She said she reached out to Menegay because she was familiar with her Umbrella Alley work and knew the artist would do a good job.

Baldasare said she designed it in her head and then described her vision of a sunburst and flowers to Menegay, who brought the vision to life.

“This one was big,” Menegay said.

A Ravenna artist has commissioned a mural on the side of a downtown building to serve as a backdrop for her outdoor photos.

Baldasare got sponsorships from fellow photography businesses Paul Floyd Photography, A Finch Photography, Ron Gray Photography and Gizmo Photography. Businesses that stepped up to sponsor the mural included Vance’s Creamery, Main Street Ravenna, Hogle Holdings, Hopak LLC and D&L Carpet, owned by her parents, David and Linda Wagner. Friends and family sponsored the mural too, including Roger Gibbons, Valery Miller, Deanna Miller, Cindy Burger and Linda Baldasare.

Eventually, Baldasare hopes to open a photography studio in the carriage house behind the creamery. But Bill Vance, who owns the ice cream shop, said for that to happen, he needs three contractors to give him estimates for the job, and he’s only been able to find two so far.

Baldasare said she also reached out to the city to make sure that there was no legal process to go through.

Because the mural is public art, she said, anyone can use it for photographs or selfies, or just enjoy the courtyard after getting some ice cream from Vance’s Creamery.

“It’s a nice place for people to bring their family and enjoy some ice cream,” she said. “It’s going to bring people to the city. We’re proud of it.”

Reporter Diane Smith can be reached at 330-298-1139 or [email protected].


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