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Story and Pictures of the Ontonagon Mural

THE ONTONAGON MURALS

The Ontonagon Murals were painted in 2002 with a grant provided by the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies through their Community Partners Program.

The full view of The Tramp Mural was painted by Kerri Corser and pictures the Ontonagon Lighthouse, The Tramp, and an Old Fisherman who stoically keeps a watchful eye over both the Ontonagon River and the Ontonagon Harbor.

 

THE TRAMP HEADING OUT TO LAKE SUPERIOR

 
 The Ontonagon Mural

The fishing tug, The Tramp, leaving Ontonagon Harbor and heading out to the open waters of Lake Superior, with the Ontonagon Lighthouse on the Left

   

THE ONTONAGON LIGHTHOUSE

 
The Ontonagon Lighthouse

The Ontonagon Lighthouse is an integral part of the Ontonagon Lake Superior shore landscape that directed boats toward the Ontonagon River and the safety of its harbor.

   

THE TRAMP

 
Ontonagon Mural - The Tramp

Close up of The Tramp which was owned and operated by the Hawley Brothers of Ontonagon during the late 1800 and early 1900s.

   

THE FISHERMAN

 

This old fisherman is a painting of a small sketch of an actual fisherman of the day.
 

   

One mural, painted by artist Paul Wilson, illustrates the busy time of day when the boats would bring in the catch of fish.  On his mural are fishermen, dockworkers, a house wife and children running about.

THE FISHING DOCK and
DOCK MURALS

 
The Ontonagon Murals

A view of the fishing shanty with both the Fishing Dock and Fish Mural. The Ontonagon River is in the background.

   

THE DOCK MURAL

 

The Dock Mural was painted by artist Paul Wilson and reflects the busy activity of a normal day at the docks unloading fish, while the local residents purchase fish for their daily meals.

   

THE DOCK STORE

 
The Ontonagon Mural - The Dock Mural

This is a close-up of the fish market where women would come to buy fish.

   

DOCK HANDS

 
The Ontonagon Mural - Dock Hands

This close up shows the busy work that the dock hands engaged in while unloading the fishing boats.

The third mural, painted by artist Carol Huntoon, is of an underwater scene, and was most successful by directly involving the community residents. Children came on the sight to paint wooden fish that were then mounted onto the mural.   It is a joyful, colorful scene and one that local children have continued to add to. They will be able to bring their own children here someday and re-tell the story of Ontonagon's fishing history.

FISH MURAL

 
The Ontonagon Murals - The Fish Mural

The Fish Mural was painted by Carol Hautoon with the help of many children who hand painted individual fish and then mounted them.

   

CLOSE-UP OF CHILDREN'S FISH ART ON FISH MURAL


 
The Ontonagon Mural - Children's Fish Paintings

A close-up of the Fish Mural shows the individual fish hand painted by different children in the community.


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