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Storefront painting sparks controversy

June 24, 2009 2:48:59 PM PDT
It's a work in progress, but is it a work of art? It is the creation of Carol McIlmurray. The 28-year-old is renting what used to be a bookstore on North Broadway in Nyack.

She plans to open a store and art gallery on July 4.

In the meantime she's transformed the facade and front window into a multicolored spectacle.

The painting has sparked controversy, curiosity and criticism that it doesn't fit the aesthetics of the community. Reviews are decidedly mixed.

McIlmurray says she plans to sell the finished painting and replace the window, but she said things have gotten downright nasty at times.

In May, the village issued a stop work order, which mcilmurry ignored until today.

McIlmurray was warned on Wednesday the village would take legal action if she didn't stop. The matter is pending before the architectural review board.

For now, she says she'll comply and consult with a lawyer to see whether she can complete her Main Street masterpiece.


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