Monarch mural painting begins

Published 9:01 am Monday, September 25, 2017

Boyd County Library’s wall to be transformed

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public Library’s back wall will be transformed into a mural of a monarch butterfly metamorphosis which began on Saturday.

The wall is adjacent to a garden in Central Park where Southern Hills Garden Club of Ashland created a monarch butterfly waystation, where butterflies can stop as they travel from Canada to Mexico each year.

To enhance the garden, a mural on the back wall of the library went into planning and now has begun. With help from Carla Jaenicke, Judy Green and Phyllis Hunter, the primer coat is complete and the wall is now ready for the mural. The mural will be designed and painted by Ms. Jennifer Spade’s Blazer High School art students.

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“We’re really excited for these students to come out and add a beautiful touch to our Library and community, said Debbie Cosper, Director of Boyd County Public Library.

The mural is estimated to be completed over the next month depending on weather conditions. In collaboration with Boyd County Library, Ashland Park Board, and Sweetbay Landscaping, the garden was planted in 2013 and has been maintained regularly, hosting monarch butterflies, along with a variety of other species and insects.

The mission of Boyd County Public Library is to provide quality resources and access to information for the community. The library has locations in Ashland, Catlettsburg and at the Kyova Mall. For more information, visit