The five Adams County murals were completed last month by artist Pamela Kellough. According to the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau, the project was started in May and was finally completed in mid-July, despite rain delays.
Funding for the project came by an anonymous donor through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau, The Nature Conservancy, Millers Furniture, and donations from Raymond K. Harper, The Dan & Kathy Combs Living Trust, and a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Also contributing a photograph used in the Adams Lake Mural was photographer David Bowie. The total cost of the 5- mural project was $38,000.00.
The murals are on the north wall of the Potts building at 105 West Main Street in West Union. The owner of the building is Lonnie Potts, now a Rent to Own, formally a Ben Franklin 5 & Dime store.
The murals depicting the four seasons of Adams County landmarks, Serpent Mound, Cedar Falls, Adams Lake, and Buzzard roost, the Buckeye Trail and the Wheat Ridge Amish Community. Originally the mural set was 4-murals but an open wall on the building left room for an additional mural which the Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau applied for a grant from the Ohio Arts Council which awarded the Bureau with a $5,000. Funding also came by way of private donations of the needed $8,000 for the additional Wheat Ridge Mural. The Adams County Travel Bureau contributed $1,800 to make up the difference. All funding for the mural went through the Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Other Adams County murals by Pamela Kellough are located in Peebles and Manchester. Her murals are also painted on the future site of the Adams County Building Trades Training Center at the corner of Walnut & Market Street.