Public dedication will take place Friday, Oct. 6

A mural celebrating arts and entertainment in Woodstock is nearing completion.

“Woodstock on Film and On the Stage,” a 118-foot painting that runs alongside a pedway on Main Street, will be officially unveiled during a public dedication in the coming weeks.

“Painting is nearly completed,” said Terry Willcockson, an organizer who is helping to raise funds for the project. “… [Artist Mark Adamany] is just working on the finishing touches.”

The unveiling will take place at the site of the mural, next to Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. It is open to the public.

“Woodstock on Film and On the Stage” features figures from Woodstock’s entertainment past, including Orson Welles and Chester Gould, as well as fictional characters from “Groundhog Day” and more.

Adamany, a Rockford artist whose works appear in public spaces around the country, has been working on the mural since late June.

The mural is being funded with donations and grants. Organizers will be accepting donations for the bronzing of a sculpture of Welles during the event, Willcockson said. The piece was donated by Woodstock artist Bobby Joe Scribner and will be put on display in a sculpture garden near the mural once it’s bronzed.

“That’s the final piece of the project,” Willcockson said.

Adamany, Scribner, Michael Bihlmaier, who contributed a groundhog carving to the sculpture garden, and Woodstock designer Michael Stanard, who designed the mural, will attend the unveiling. RB Thompson, a former Woodstock City Councilman who developed the idea for the project, will be the keynote speaker.

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