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Munising’s newest art alley features maritime history

MUNISING — Twelve large art panels depicting local maritime history were recently installed along a popular alleyway in downtown Munising.

“Maritime Munising” is the latest placemaking project coming from the Alger County Chamber of Commerce/Greater Munising Bay Partnership and Munising Downtown Development Authority’s office. Consisting of outdoor history-themed illustrations, Maritime Munising portrays the unique lifestyle defined by Lake Superior in Alger County.

Installed by Signs Now of Negaunee, the panels are roughly 6-feet tall and focus on lighthouse living, shipwrecks, logging, fishing, and so on. The alley is located half a block south of Munising Avenue/M-28 between Maple and Birch streets.

Mike Stockwell of Cranking Graphics designed the panels by using old photographs as reference, which were provided by Duane Hargis of the Alger County Heritage Museum, staff from Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours, and the National Park Service. Funding was provided by an ArtPlace grant, a CUPPAD Prosperous Places grant, the Munising DDA, and Alger Co. Chamber of Commerce/Greater Munising Bay Partnership.

“We are excited to develop, install and share with the community and visitors another art installation as part of our local placemaking initiatives,” said Kathy Reynolds, CEO of the Chamber/Partnership and executive director of the Munising DDA. “A big thank you goes out to all of those that were involved in the creation, implementation and funding. Without this assistance, projects like this and others would not be possible.”

A QR code found on some of the panels brings app users to an Arts and Culture page on the Chamber’s website that was launched in conjunction with this project. The new page has a listing and description of all creative installations around the greater Munising area and can also be found at algercountychamber.com/arts-culture

Art in the Alley gets new sign

A little farther down the road from the Maritime Munising display is the seasonal Art in the Alley that received a brand-new sign explaining the project that was first installed three years ago. The location of Art in the Alley is half a block south of Munising Avenue/M-28 between Elm Avenue and Maple Street. Mike Stockwell of Cranking Graphics designed the sign which was installed by Signs Now the same day they put up Maritime Munising.

For more information about these projects, contact the Alger County Chamber of Commerce/Greater Munising Bay Partnership and Munising Downtown Development Authority or visit www.algercountychamber.com

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