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Sign-painting Legends Enrich the American Sign Museum

27 U.S. and Canadian artisans decorate the museum’s Main Street storefronts



Main Street Reunion, a who’s who gathering of U.S. and Canadian signpainters, came to the American Sign Museum (ASM) in Cincinnati on Sunday, March 18 to begin a week of painting windows and walls to decorate the Main Street storefronts that serve as the ASM focal point. The photo was taken outside the museum in the parking lot.

The 27 artisans were assembled by David and Susie Butler (Butler Design, Syracuse, IN). All of them are listed on the event’s web page at They hail from all over the U.S.: Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Colorado, Iowa, Connecticut, Georgia, New Jersey and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. The website also includes numerous photos of pre-decorated Main Street. The website for the ASM as a whole is  

Besides the Butlers, the husband-and-wife teams include Bill and Jane Diaz, and Dave and Robin McDonald. There’s even a father-and-daughter team, Noel and Anna Weber. In the photo, starting from the top row, left, are Noel Weber, Phil Ghi, Gary Godby, Gregg Heger (sunglasses), Jeff Lang, Kent Smith (partially hidden), Bob Canning, Joe Broxterman, Doug Bernhardt and David Butler. Second row from left are: Roger Crice, Anna Weber, Noella Cotnam, Elaine Wallis, Karen Souza, Bill Reidel, Sonny Franks, Tom Seibert, Jane Diaz, Susie Butler, Robin McDonald and Dave McDonald. In the front row are Cosmic Ray Renooy, Doc Welty, nancy Bennett and ASM President Tod Swormstedt.  Missing from the photo are Dave Correll, Mike Meyer and Sean Druley.

The new museum’s permanent home is slated to open in late June.






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