MANSFIELD — Two new murals by local artists had their grand debut at John's Park in Mansfield on Sunday afternoon.
Local artists Demetrius Howell and Sam Schnieder had their murals dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Their artwork, commissioned by the city of Mansfield, are hand-painted and coated with a silicone clear coat, where tagging can be cleaned with soap and water.
The murals were completed thanks to a collaborative effort including volunteers in the neighborhood, Crossroads Church, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mankind Murals.
Artist Demetrius Howell was born and raised in Mansfield, attended Mansfield Senior and is now a tattoo artist at Outer Mind Creations. He enjoys spending time with his three kids.
“I felt that LeBron James would be a good choice for me to paint because the basketball courts are right there at John’s Park," he said. "He is an inspiration to me, and he’s an inspiration to most kids."
Howell is also the founder of XMADEinc clothing line, and is thriving in his craft as a tattoo artist, recently attending multiple tattoo conventions and winning some recognitions. Howell also painted the mural of the Tiger visible on 4th Street and Rowland in Mansfield, as well as murals at John Todd Park and Outer Mind Creations.
Artist Samantha Schneider recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2021, double majoring in fine art painting and drawing.
“I enjoy creating work that leans more towards the magical and fantastical. I use bright and vibrant colors to tap into the emotional aspects of my art," she said.
Since graduating and coming back to the Mansfield area, Schneider artworks have recently been shown at galleries in Toledo. Schneider now works as a graphic designer at Black Belt fitness where she is also practicing Taekwondo. Her first exterior mural is visible on 4th and Diamond Street at Hursh Pharmacy in 2019. Schnieder continues to take on mural projects and artwork commissions on large canvases.