Artist’s mural displayed on the West Side of Grand Rapids

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From left: Carla Flanders, CMF Marketing; Kelsey Montague and Lisa Hovinga, Westside Beautify/Hovinga Painting. Courtesy Westside Beautify

Artist Kelsey Montague’s new mural is on display on Blue Dog Tavern building on the West Side of Grand Rapids.

Located at 638 Stocking Ave. NW, the painting is of two sets of butterfly wings. One set has wings that expand 14-by-10 feet high, while the mini wings are approximately 3-by-4 feet high.

The permanent mural also includes visuals of Grand Rapids such as the Blue Bridge, John Ball Zoo, the Grand River with a flying salmon, pink tulips that highlight the city’s Dutch heritage, falcons that honor its Polish roots, and hops and barley that embrace the city’s title of Beer City USA.

“I am thrilled to have created a permanent mural in Grand Rapids,” Montague said. “I love coming to Michigan and always look forward to incorporating visual elements of the community into my work. A special thank you to the Westside Beautify team, including Hovinga Painting and CMF Marketing for making this project happen.”

In addition to the mural, Montague created more than 300 works of art globally. She is the founder of the #WHATLIFTSYOU movement.

Individuals can view the mural and take photos and post them on social media with the hashtags, #WestsideBeautify #ExperienceGR and #WhatLiftsYou.

“This has been a longtime dream of mine, and we are so thankful that it finally came true and extremely thrilled to be able to share it with Montague fans locally, nationally and beyond,” said Lisa Hovinga, founder of Westside Beautify, the entity that brought the new Montague mural to Grand Rapids.

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