Senior center to get splash of color: Mosaics will be added to dining room windows

Local artist Gail Christofferson has been hired to develop an eight-panel mosaic for the south windows.

By this summer, the windows in the dining room at the Wood County Senior Center will be awash with color.

Local artist Gail Christofferson has been hired to develop an eight-panel mosaic for the south windows.

“I think this will be a phenomenal project,” said board member Nancy Orel at the Wood County Committee on Aging meeting on Wednesday.

Friends of the Wood County Committee on Aging have donated $14,000 to the project, which is expected to start in the spring.

The mosaics will depict spring, summer, winter and fall with panels of a rising sun and corn in the middle, Orel said.

“Because Wood County and all the farmers … we’re known for our corn,” she said. “While you’re eating lunch, you can see the sun come in.”

Christofferson likes to involve the entire community, Orel said.

Executive Director Denise Niese said that Christofferson will take panels to each of the eight senior centers so all have an opportunity to be involved.

“All of Wood County, all of the sites, can say we participated in this beautiful mosaic mural,” Orel said.

She said the Friends considered a project similar to what Christofferson did at Franklin Park Mall with hanging butterflies, but the cost was prohibitive.

The estimate for the work is $13,500 and Joe Long, who is the president of the Friends group, has volunteered to install the finished pieces.

The goal is to have the panels installed by summer.

Orel said putting smaller panels at each site also is a possibility.

Christofferson’s work can be seen at animalhouseglass.com.