One Local Artist Gives Vandalized Campaign Sign a Whole New Meaning

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A disturbing racist image on a campaign sign right here in Wheeling was discovered last week, and today it takes on a new life.

7News spoke with one local artist who changed the meaning with just a fresh coat of paint.

Amanda Carney says she didn’t like that expression of racist graffiti on Loma Nevels campaign sign, so she decided to make that sign her own.

“Overall I feel like when your opinion is fundamentally damaging or disrespectful of someone else than I don’t think it’s something I should entertain as an individual, and I don’t think it’s something I should entertain either,” said Amanda Carney, owner of Catspaw Art Studio in Centre Market.

Amanda says the campaign sign is personal to her, it’s on her father’s property, which inspired her to pick up her paints and do something.

“Amanda surprised me, I didn’t know this was going to happen. I just continued on with running this race, that was my focus and I was not going to let a sign stop me from doing that,” said Loma Nevels, Wheeling City Council candidate.

Loma says she had planned to get some paints from Amanda’s shop and fix the sign herself, but Amanda created something even more meaningful.

“It might not be enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe it. It’s excellent, it’s professional, and the picture is not there to be painted over again if they might want to. It’s just a great sign,” said Nevels.

Now the sign that once caught your eye in a negative way, has everyone’s attention, for all the right reasons.

“The overall goal was to make something negative into something positive, and what’s more positive than spring flowers,” said Carney.

“I hope whoever did the first part will come and see it and maybe they’ll change, who knows,” said Nevels.

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