North Canton’s new ice cream shop icon mural is Instagram ready
NORTHERN TOWNSHIP – A new “Instagram-ready” mural has softened an already popular Pav’s creamery.
The mural shows three retro icons – Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley and Judy Garland, as Dorothy with Toto – with colorful ice cream cones. The icons are in grayscale.
“I think it’s phenomenal,” said Canton customer Veronica Callahan. “I think it’s very inclusive and warm. It really shows a piece of history.”
She would stop once a week for a milkshake and watch artist Don Hill paint the mural.
“I love the colors. It’s beautiful,” she said.
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Hill graduated from Hoover High in 1995 and is the owner of the Art Uncorked Studio and Gallery in Jackson Township. Her studio offers private painting parties to create rustic take-out panels.
His workshop has been open for six years.
“It’s a home run”
Prior to that, Hill said he spent 15 years as a graphic designer for advertising agencies. “Exhausted” by the corporate culture, Hill opened Art Uncorked.
“Seeing how happy art can make people,” he said, “is gratifying for me.”
However, COVID-19 has hurt his studio business – there aren’t as many paint parties. Hill began experimenting with murals as another source of income for Art Uncorked.
It was then that Pav contacted him.
In June, Hill posted a time-lapse video of himself painting a mural of Leinenkugel on Facebook. Pav owner Nik Pappas saw the video.
“I was blown away by his skills,” Pappas said.
Pappas hired Hill to create a larger-than-life mural for Pav’s location in North Canton. It also has locations in Green, Cuyahoga Falls, and Portage Lakes.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Pappas said of the results. “The guy broke his ass. It’s a home run.”
Hill said he offered the Pappas three wall options and the icons were selected. The other picks didn’t incorporate any celebs and weren’t retro in style.
“I can’t give it enough credit,” Pappas said. “When he showed us what he could with pictures, it was obvious.”
Why these icons?
Hill said he wanted the mural to feature a variety of legends; a mix of movies and music, men and women, black and white and age differences.
He chose Monroe because she is “the most recognizable retro icon”.
“To add a bit of multiculturalism, it was either Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley,” said Hill who chose Marley because of his own love for reggae music.
He said Garland was for “the kids.”
Hill believes that the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” remains popular with young people today.
“I wanted to keep it retro and I landed on (Garland) Dorothy,” he said.
He even painted a ruby red ice cream cone, like Dorothy’s slippers. Monroe received a blue cone and Marley has a green one.
Ice cream and selfie
The mural creates “a selfie destination that’s going to get more traffic” in Pav’s, Hill said.
It’s already done.
“I was talking to one of my employees last night and he told me people were flocking all the time to take pictures with it,” Pappas said.
Hill said the Pav mural was his first commercial work, but said it wouldn’t be his last. He has another job in Akron.
Pappas is also studying projects for him at other Pav sites. In addition, he is supporting more Hill murals instead of North Canton.
“I would love to see the whole wall filled,” Pappas said.
Contact Benjamin Duer at 330-580-8567 or [email protected]
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