New icon mural at North Canton ice cream store is Instagram-ready


NORTH CANTON – A new ‘Instagram-ready’ mural has sweetened an already popular Pav’s Creamery.

The mural shows three retro icons — Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley and Judy Garland, as Dorothy with Toto — with colorful ice cream cones. The icons are in grayscale.

“I think it’s phenomenal,” customer Veronica Callahan of Canton said. “I think that it’s very inclusive and warm. It really shows a piece of history.”

She stopped once a week to get a milkshake and watch the artist Don Hill paint the mural.

“I like the colors. It is beautiful,” she said.

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Hill is a 1995 Hoover High graduate and owner of the Art Uncorked Studio and Gallery in Jackson Township. His studio offers private paint parties to create take-home rustic signs.

His studio has been opened for six years.

Don Hill from Art Uncorked created a new mural outside Pav's Creamery in North Canton. The mural depicts Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Bob Marley eating ice cream.

‘It’s a home run’

Prior to that, Hill said he spent 15 years as a graphic designer for advertising firms. “Burned out” with the corporate culture, Hill opened Art Uncorked.

“Seeing how happy art can make people,” he said, “is rewarding to me.”

However, COVID-19 has hurt his studio business — there aren’t as many paint parties. Hill started to experiment with murals as another revenue source for Art Uncorked.

That’s when Pav’s contacted him.

In June, Hill posted a time-lapse video of himself painting a Leinenkugel mural on Facebook. Pav’s owner Nik Pappas saw the video.

“I was blown away with his skills,” Pappas said.

Pappas hired Hill to create a larger-than-life mural for Pav’s location in North Canton. He also has locations in Green, Cuyahoga Falls and at Portage Lakes.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Pappas said of the results. “The guy busted his butt. It’s a home run.”

Hill said he offered three mural options for Pappas to choose from and the icons were selected. The other choices did not incorporate any celebrities and were not retro-styled.

Don Hill from Art Uncorked created a new mural outside Pav's Creamery in North Canton. The mural depicts Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Bob Marley eating ice cream.

“I can’t give him enough credit,” Pappas said. “When he showed us what he could with images, it was a no brainer.”

Why these icons?

Hill said he wanted the mural to showcase a diversity of legends; a mixture of movies and music, men and women, black and white, and age differences.

He chose Monroe because she is “the most recognizable” retro icon.

“To add some multiculturalism, it was either Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley,” said Hill who picked Marley because of his own love for reggae music.

He said Garland was for “the kids.”

Don Hill from Art Uncorked creates a new mural outside Pav's Creamery in North Canton. The mural depicts Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Bob Marley eating ice cream.

Hill believes the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” remains popular with today’s youth.

“I wanted to keep it retro and landed on (Garland’s) Dorothy,” he said.

He even painted a red ruby ice cream cone, like Dorothy’s slippers. Monroe received a blue cone and Marley has a green one.

Ice cream and a selfie

The mural creates “a selfie destination that’s going to attract more traffic” into Pav’s, Hill said.

It already has.

“I was talking to one of my employees last night and he said people are pouring in all the time getting pictures with it,” Pappas said.

Don Hill from Art Uncorked created a new mural outside Pav's Creamery in North Canton. The mural depicts Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Bob Marley eating ice cream.

Hill said the Pav’s mural was his first commercial work but he said it won’t be his last. He has another job lined up in Akron.

Pappas also is looking at projects for him at other Pav’s locations. Plus, he supports more mural work from Hill at the North Canton place.

“I’d like to see the whole wall filled up,” Pappas said.

Reach Benjamin Duer at 330-580-8567 or ben.duer@cantonrep.com

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