Phil May murals on display at CCPL

Published 12:31 pm Monday, April 3, 2017

Local artist Phil May has prints from his popular downtown Winchester murals on exhibit in the library’s Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room during the month of April.

His show is titled “Winchester Stories,” because it features historic Clark County events, depicts some of Winchester’s most colorful and notable citizens and because Phil says the best part of working on the murals was hearing stories about Winchester related by passers-by.

Phil has been painting murals in Winchester for 30 years. He started doing them for some of the Winchester schools where he taught art. He painted murals at Conkwright Elementary and Trapp. His Shearer Sharks mural is still on the wall at Shearer Elementary.

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Speaking of sharks, when you are searching for something unusual to do in Winchester, head on over to the Clark Regional Clinic, go up to the third floor and peer out at the roof of the hospital across the way. There you will see a 3D rooftop painting of sharks and whales swimming in a blue sea. That painting was done by Phil May.

Phil creates his murals to showcase Winchester and Clark County for visitors. He hopes they give a sense of pride to residents of Clark County, and they brighten up our buildings and lives.

His library show allows you to take a closer, more careful look at the mural images, and if you like, you can purchase a print of your favorite. If there is an image you would like to have, leave your contact information along with the name of the print and the size wanted in the visitor’s book. Phil will contact you to arrange the purchase.

There will be a closing reception for Phil’s show 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Come by, meet Phil and share some of your own favorite Winchester stories.

Phil has been painting community murals in Winchester since 2008. He is looking for a new wall now. Who knows, one of your ideas could appear in his next mural.

What else is happening this week?

— At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Internet 1, Learn the basics of Internet searching by becoming familiar with a browser and search engine.

— At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Novels at Night book group meets to discuss Agatha Christie’s classic Poirot mystery, “Dumb Witness.” Poirot gets an assist from a fox terrier.

— At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents a 2016 fantasy hit. When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds a Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers. Rated PG-13

— At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Trivia Night at the Engine House. Join reference librarian Jeff Gurnee at the Engine House Deli for some mind-boggling triviation.

— At 9 a.m. Thursday, April 6, Gentle Flow Yoga. The April/May session begins. To sign up to attend, call Community Education at 745-3946.

—At 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, Write Local. Spend National Poetry month writing some of your own.

—From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Outside the Lines Adult Coloring. The only place inside that’s as abundantly colorful as the Kentucky landscape will become this month.

Library staff helping with the seed library said they are getting a lot of encouraging reports from people who have already started their greens and tomato seeds. It should be a tasty spring and summer here in Clark County.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at