A mural that sparked controversy at Valley Art Center has been completed.
Since last fall, a mural that had been in the process of being painted on the outside side wall of the Valley Art Center facing a parking lot has been a topic of discussion. Whether it was considered art, or a business sign advertising what was going on inside the Bell Road building was at the center of the debate.
After multiple meetings, Village voting and some heavy legal discussions, a compromise finally was agreed upon: A new design must be used. Final approval would come from Chagrin Falls Village officials.
Sponsoring a contest of designs submitted by artists this spring, a landscape design by Chagrin Falls resident and artist Charles "Bud" Deihl was chosen by Valley Art Center board members.
Valley Art Center has been a staple for creative Chagrin Valley residents expressing themselves for decades.