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The idea of ​​having murals in downtown Lake Geneva is moving forward, but has yet to be approved by the city.

If approved, the goal would be to start the program by the end of the year, said Lake Geneva Business Improvement District board member Aletha Salgado.

The side of Christine’s gift shop building, 858 W. Main St., facing the Candle Mercantile business, may be the location for the first proposed mural.

“It’s a building that could really use paint,” Salgado said. “It doesn’t look that good, so it will help improve the look. Plus, it’s on Highway 50 coming into town.

A second mural could be painted on the side of the Melges Real Estate building, 233 Center St. by Starbucks. Salgado said the mural could be an interactive winged mural.

“The idea of ​​wings seems to be driving so much social media, because people can stand in front and pretend they’re wearing wings and post them on Facebook or Instagram,” Salgado said. “So we’re looking at pushing that for this place.”

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The Business Improvement District has a budget of approximately $15,000 to help pay for the first mural, but plans to apply for grants and fundraisers to help pay for additional murals.

“We could do a mural with that money, but hopefully the second will come from grants and fundraising,” Salgado said. “Hopefully next year we can incorporate events to try and raise money for another mural. We have enough money allocated for one.

Business Improvement District officials hope the program will encourage other community groups and organizations to create their own murals.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to reverse the bill for everything,” Salgado said. “But hopefully it will open the door for people to do their own thing if they wanted to.”

Salgado and fellow BID member Janine Osborn sat down with award-winning Kentucky artist Wylie Caudill for the city murals.

“He’s extremely talented,” Salgado said. “He’s doing a great job.”

In the future, the Business Improvement District could work with students from Badger High School or students from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, who recently started a mural program in their community.

“There are a lot of people, and they are great,” Salgado said. “I wanted to start with someone who knows what they’re doing and then go from there.”

Tammie Carstensen, general manager of the Harbor Shores Hotel on Lake Geneva, encouraged other members of the Business Improvement District board of directors to attend the June 20 planning commission meeting to help support Osborn and Salgado.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the council room of the Mairie du Léman, 626, rue Genève.

“They have to get over that hurdle with the city before it even becomes a reality,” Carstensen said. “With all the work they’ve put behind this, I think the more people they have to support them on this, that would be amazing.”

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