Mary Beth Ihnken
I am a professional muralist and decorative painter. I am recognized for my mural techniques, faux finishes, and trompe l'oiel. I bring a sense of scale and proportion to each project, as well as a keen eye for color. My work is designed with you, to fit the needs of your individual space, interests, and budget. The possibilities are endless.
ADDRESS281 76 Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817
From the Commons, take 79 East out of Ithaca towards Slaterville Springs. Before you enter Slaterville Springs make a right onto Boiceville Road (if you miss Boiceville Road you can take a right onto Creamery Road and follow the same instructions). Take this to the end and make a left onto Central Chapel Road. Go up about a mile make a left on 76 Road. Go up about a mile and look for the mailbox on the right #281. The driveway is right before mailbox. It is the new house up on the hill.
I grew up in Bedminster , NJ with my five siblings, attended Bernards High School and graduated from Rutgers College with a BA in Art History and Fine Art in 1993. I moved to Ithaca in 1994 with my husband and found my home. I started my decorative art business, Ihnken’s Creations, and joined the Ithaca Farmer’s Market in 1995. I primarily painted furniture and slowly moved to walls, painting faux finishes, Trompe l’oil, and of course murals. I had her first son Zachary in 2004, and Miles in 2007. I’ve been a member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail from the start, over 15 years.
The majority of my work during this period has been in private homes, but I have also had the opportunity to paint several large scale public murals in downtown Ithaca. In 2004, I painted the West End Mural on the Bangs Ambulance building between State and Seneca Street for Alternative Federal Credit Union. Since this time I have sought funding to paint many other public murals in Ithaca. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 I was one of the selected artists for Art in the Heart (downtown sculpture) with my triptych “Going to Market”, “Ithaka”and “Barn Yard”. In 2011, I painted several public works. I was fortunate enough to receive a grants from the Community Arts Partnership for community art projects, and art in the schools (along with funding from Ithaca Public Education Initiative Grant. In 2014, I had the honor to be asked to paint the boarded up Restaurant Simeon’s where a horrible tragedy occurred. Through art you could see the community start to heal.
I believe that public murals help to create community, by radiating out stories and energy that touch everyone who passes by them. I strive to create this immediate visual and emotional impact with every mural I create. My overreaching artistic goals are to create both small canvases as well as large murals for the public to enjoy.