Seven masterful Cincinnati artists are creating paintings and drawings that will be enlarged and printed to create 10 foot-tall portraits of important musicians who have performed at the famed Ludlow Garage. Our creative team includes CF Payne, David Michael Beck, Ellina Chetverikova, Brandon Hawkins, John Maggard, Gabrielle Siekman and Jenny Ustick. The artists selected the musicians they wished to honor: Judy Collins, Rickie Lee Jones, BB King, Albert King (also recorded by King Records), Iggy Pop and the Stooges, The James Gang and Captain Beefheart.

The project has created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for three of our artists. David said, “ Chris, John and I have known each other since the 1970’s and have competed with each other, and often referred each other for really important illustration jobs. We have been great friends over the years, all of us loving music, and this mural project is the perfect chance for us to work together for the very first time.”

“I am so happy to be a part of this amazing project, said Ellina. “I am honored to bring back Don Van Fliet aka Captain Beefheart with a grandiose portrait in the center of the historic Clifton community.”

Instead of painting directly on the wall, the artists will create studio paintings in the medium of their preference that will be scanned and printed to a 10-foot tall scale onto aluminum composite panels which will be cut out on silhouette lines. The finished panels will be mechanically attached to the historic building, with minimal disruption to surrounding business activity.

The mural will be dedicated at Cliftonfest 2019 on Saturday, October 5.

This public art project has been made possible by the permission and support of Clifton Business Association, Clifton Community Fund, Clifton Town Meeting, and the owners of the Ludlow Garage, Dave and Claudia Taylor.

Off Ludlow Gallery will host a show of the original mural artwork on Friday, September 27th from 4-8 pm. All work as well as process sketches will be available for purchase at the Off Ludlow Gallery.

To support the project, you can donate here.

Questions or comments? Sean Mullaney,, 513-374-7928