Have you noticed the new outdoor wall mural in Brookside?? It perfectly captures the friendly, welcoming spirit of our neighborhood.
First Washington Realty, the company that owns the commercial real estate on the north side of 63rd St between Wornall and Brookside Blvd, commissioned the work by Ruthie Ozonoff. The mural was created is in conjunction with the 100 year anniversary of our neighborhood shops. The postcard format is ideal for photos, and I especially like the Brookside gas lamp as the ‘stamp’ in the upper right corner–one of Brookside’s most distinctive features.
Ruthie is from Kansas City and grew up in Brookside. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Lawrence to be closer to family. Ruthie went to KU, studying illustration and animation. She created a few murals in the Kansas City area that you may have seen: the “Kansas City I’m So In Love” mural at 2010 McGee and the “Where Kansas City Plays” mural, commissioned by KC Parks and Rec, in the West Bottoms. First Washington saw her work on Etsy and contacted her about the Brookside piece. It was Ruthie’s idea to use a postcard template.
Ruthie started painting at the beginning of November, and it took about two weeks to complete the project—delayed mostly by weather. It’s located on the north facing wall, north of CVS (6244 Brookside Blvd) —right by the alley that goes behind the shops. You can easily see the mural driving south on Brookside Blvd just before 63rd St. “Doing this mural was an honor. Growing up, I wanted to make people happy with my artwork—and it feels great to give back to my historic hometown community.”
You can find Ruthie’s work on her Facebook and Etsy pages, or check it out on Instagram-@designedbyruthie. She’s currently living in Colorado, working as a freelance designer and a personal trainer/coach. She says “After sitting at the computer for several hours working on illustrations and graphic design, I like to go to the gym and work out; shake off the pent up energy!”
The next time you are stopping in near the shops–perhaps for a Roasterie coffee or to pick up a few holiday gifts–look for the mural. And thanks to First Washington Realty for bringing this artwork to Brookside for all to enjoy!