On the heels of Sunday's “Flo and Friends” comic strip, which pictured a woman wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan, “I saw the murals of Portsmouth, Ohio,” comes an article on the murals in the latest edition of Our Ohio magazine.
“We try to highlight a lot of different things throughout Ohio, and this is monumental as far as artistic Ohio goes,” said Shannon Powell, account executive with Our Ohio.
Portsmouth's floodwall murals are featured in this month's issue that is sent out to members around the state.
Our Ohio is a magazine that explores Ohio through the faces and places that connect the state's past, present and future.
The focus of the article is the late Dr. Louis Chaboudy, and his wife, Ava Chaboudy, who remains heavily involved in the murals.
Readers discover how the couple was inspired after a trip to Steubenville to create Portsmouth Murals Inc.
The volunteer nonprofit organization solicits financial aid from individuals, corporations and state agencies to fund the design and painting of the murals.
Robert Dafford has spent the past 15 years designing and painting the murals, which depict the town's past, starting with the mound builders and ending with a mural featuring Major League Baseball players from the area.
Dafford is creating a mural that shows one of the area's largest events, the Tour of the Scioto River Valley.
“The article is titled ‘Two-thousand feet of Art',” Powell said.
For the full article about the Portsmouth murals, readers can visit OurOhio.org, the magazine's Web site.