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Local art spreads messages of safety and inspiration

While businesses are closed and the streets are quiet under the state of emergency around the coronavirus, some people in Ironton are doing their part to keep things colorful and offer needed inspiration.

Christy Morgan is a full-time photographer of five years who lives in Ironton.

Over the weekend, she posted photos of chalk art she completed in the driveway of her Indian Hills home.

The colorful piece, with the message “Stay home,” urges the public to follow distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease.

Morgan said the piece was a solo project and took her four and a half hours to complete.

It was so large, she had to use a hobby drone to get a photo of it in its entirety.

Another who has been creating art is Abby Kuehne, of Ironton.

She and her daughter, Lydia, wrote inspirational messages such as “We can do this” on sidewalks around town last month and, last week, they created colorful art on the Ironton flood wall.

Kuehne, who co-owns The Vault Market with Amanda Cleary, is one of the business owners in town who has been shut down by the restrictions on non-essential stores under Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order.

Kuehne said, in the meantime, she is doing some of the store’s first mail order business, offering some The Vault’s products on their website.