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Ross County Artist Completes Smokey Bear Mural Promoting Wildfire Prevention at Western Elementary School


CHILLICOTHE, May 14, 2024 – Pam Kellough, a celebrated artist hailing from Chillicothe, has added another masterpiece to her portfolio with the completion of the Smokey Bear mural at Western Elementary School in Pike County. The vibrant mural, adorned with the intricate strokes of Kellough’s brush, serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of wildfire prevention while celebrating the natural beauty and resources of Ohio’s State Forests.

Commissioned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, the mural project received vital support from grant funds provided by the U.S. Forest Service. This collaborative effort underscores a shared commitment to wildfire prevention and education within the community.

With over 30 years of experience in the realm of artistry, Pamela Kellough is renowned for her expertise in painting interior and exterior murals on diverse surfaces. Her previous works include the iconic Bainbridge mural and a captivating mural adorning the gymnasium of Chillicothe Middle School.

The Smokey Bear mural stands as a testament to Kellough’s artistic prowess and her dedication to conveying powerful messages through her creations. Through her art, she not only beautifies spaces but also imparts invaluable lessons and fosters a deeper appreciation for nature and conservation efforts.

Western Elementary School is now adorned with a visual masterpiece that not only captivates the eye but also sparks conversations about the importance of safeguarding our forests and preventing wildfires. Pam Kellough’s artistic legacy continues to inspire and resonate with communities across Ohio.