The latest in the series of murals depicting local historical scenes on the Erie Canal is being prepared by artist Dawn Jordan of Weedsport. When completed, it will be mounted on a building at the corner of Clinton and North Main streets called the Bennett Conservatory for the Arts, owned by Colleen Bennett.
The current plan is to dedicate the mural during the Jordan Canal Day in mid-July. The mural will overlook the old canal bed. One of the main elements is to graphically show how boats passed each other. It will also depict the nearby aqueduct.
I have done much research on this project, Jordan said.
The middle panel will contain the laws regarding operation of boats on the canal. Jean Carrington of Syracuse is paying for this mural as she did for the one in Weedsport and at Sims Store at Camillus Erie Canal Park. The Jordan Historical Society is also participating in the project.
The mural will involve a three-part panel, which will be mounted on the north wall of the building. There is some repair work that needs to be done before the panels can be installed, as there has been some water damage. Each panel will be four by eight feet. Dawn Jordan has done many murals throughout central New York depicting historical topics. One of her first Erie Canal depictions was a scene in Port Byron, which adorns the side of a building next to Route 31.
Pictured is the original painting by Dawn Jordan from which she will create the mural. It is a scene from the pre-1850s era when packet boats were a primary mode of public transportation.