In 2012, local artists David Hurley and Russell Kahn painted a mural, titled “The S.S. Belfast,” on the Family Dollar building on Main Street. It pictures a giant bow wave, seagulls and an anchor painted on the large green walls.

Phase 2 of the project is set to be painted in the summer of 2016. Twenty fantastic sea creatures, designed by Waldo County children, will be painted along the base of the building. Their designs will be enlarged to 3-to-4 feet and painted, by a professional artist and the younger artists working together.

A call has gone out to Waldo County schools and homeschoolers to gather designs of fantastic sea creatures from children in fifth grade and younger. The 20 young artists selected will receive a $25 gift certificate for art supplies. All of the designs submitted will be displayed in an art exhibit before the selection announcement.

A creature design can be on paper, 11-by-17 inches or smaller. The design must be in color; artists can use any materials such as pencil, ink, markers, crayons and paint. What is a fantastic sea creature? It can be a creature that exists now or in the past or only exists in the imagination. It can be small or large, scary, funny or unusual. It can swim, crawl, fly and live near the top of the ocean or deep beneath the waves.

“We believe that children have vivid imaginations and a unique sense of color and design. We believe their artistic visions deserve to be showcased in a public setting in a community that values the arts being a part of our lives,” said Hurley in the letter sent to schools.

The mural will have a display panel that will list all the artists and sponsors. In addition to receiving financial support from sponsors, the mural project is made possible with a grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

Twenty local schools have been given information on how to send in submissions. The deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, email or call 930-5110.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or