Pictured at right (L to R) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the mural on the north side of The Vic, 110 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, are Trisha Steger, Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce; Justin Taylor, city of Warsaw senior planner; Mayor Joe Thallemer; Katie Swain, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council member; Robert Hudson, artist; Mason Charlton, MYAC; and Heather Smith, Chamber ambassador and of 1st Source Bank. Photo by David Slone
Pictured at right (L to R) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the mural on the north side of The Vic, 110 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, are Trisha Steger, Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce; Justin Taylor, city of Warsaw senior planner; Mayor Joe Thallemer; Katie Swain, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council member; Robert Hudson, artist; Mason Charlton, MYAC; and Heather Smith, Chamber ambassador and of 1st Source Bank. Photo by David Slone
Recognizable landmarks of the city of Warsaw can be found in artist Robert Hudson’s mural on the north side of The Vic, 110 N. Buffalo St.

There’s Center Lake and the high dive that once sat at the edge of its pier. The county courthouse stands tall in the upper left-hand corner, while the Biblical Gardens are not far away. There’s bike riders on the greenway, and balloons in the upper right-hand corner.

During First Friday last night, aptly themed “Art-tober,” a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the mural with city, Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) members and Hudson in tow.

The mural came about from the MYAC. Members had been working since September 2018 to come up with ideas it could do for the city and came up with the mural. The Council applied for a $5,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, which it was awarded in April for the implementation of the 2019 My Community My Vision project.

Before the ribbon was cut Friday, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer said MYAC was “trying to stimulate some more of these downtown, with more partners, more locations. I was so proud of the work they did. They got a $5,000 grant from the IHCDA to help with this, and here we are.”

Mason Charlton, MYAC member, said, “We’d like to thank our sponsors that helped make this happen.”

Hudson said, “It was a challenge – corrugated metal. But I thank you for the opportunity. It was fun.”

After the ceremony, Charlton said MYAC chose the mural because, “We just wanted to beautify the community and make it colorful and make it modern – modernize the community and downtown.”

He said MYAC just let Hudson go on the initial design. He then brought them a rough draft before they approved it and he painted it.

“Many rough drafts,” Katie Swain, MYAC member, stated.

As for end result, Charlton said, “I’m very proud of it. I love the colors and I just love the overall appearance of it.”

Swain said the whole process turned out easier than she thought it would be.

“He did all the work,” she said of Hudson. Charlton thanked Hudson for all the work he put into it.