Jackson painting donated to City of Wooster

Jackson painting donated to City of Wooster
Bri Tichenor

Wooster Mayor Bob Breneman, left, and artist Michael Jackson stand in front of Jackson's painting of downtown Wooster at dusk, commissioned by local attorney Jeffrey Musselman. It is currently on display at Grigio Wine & Cocktail Bar as part of Jackson’s current art exhibit.


The City of Wooster recently received a gift painted by local professional artist Michael Jackson. The painting of downtown Wooster at dusk is presently on display at Grigio Wine & Cocktail Bar as part of Jackson’s current art exhibit, which will run through Jan. 28.

Commissioned and gifted by local attorney Jeffrey Musselman, the painting was presented to Mayor Bob Breneman in gratitude for his 15 years of service as mayor.

“Mike is a generational talent, and we wanted to do something unique for the city and people of Wooster that has a timeless element to it,” Musselman said. “It’s a celebration of downtown. There’s an element of nostalgia but also a reverence for the present and future. I encourage everyone to see this beautiful work when they have the chance.”

Upon receiving the painting, Breneman said, “I am astounded. It’s beautiful, and really, that is an understatement. We have such longevity in this town, and I’m honored to have been part of it.”

“This is a piece I wanted to create for years, and I came across a great opportunity,” Jackson said.

The painting can currently be seen during Grigio’s normal business hours. Upon the exhibit’s closing, it will be transferred to Wooster City Hall.

“It is such a pleasure to host Mike’s latest collection of works at Grigio,” said Natalie Gray, owner of Grigio Wine & Cocktail Bar. “His artistic talent is remarkable, and it is wonderful to see this talent capture our iconic downtown.”

For the holiday season, Gray said limited edition signed prints and postcards will be available for sale through Grigio. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Main Street Wooster, the Wooster Chamber of Commerce and OneEighty.

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