P.K. O'Ryan's Storefront and Sign

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P.K. O'Ryan's Storefront and Sign is a picture, with genre photograph, signs (notices) and buildings. Its dimensions are 6 in. x 4 in..

It was created around 2001-2014.

These photographs show the sign and storefront for P.K. O'Ryan's Irish Pub, which was located at 666 High Street. The pub operated from 2001 to 2014. The sign over the door of the pub features the words "P.K. O'Ryan's Irish Pub" in gold lettering on a green background, with shamrocks used as apostrophes and between the words "Irish" and "Pub." The sign was designed by artist and signmaker William (bc) (Bill) Collins.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, bc attended Columbus College of Art and Design when it was still a small art school, majoring in Fine Art. After serving in the Army in Europe, he became a sign artist for businesses throughout the Columbus area, starting his sole ownership sign business in 1978. Over nearly three decades, he created some of the most iconic advertising art in central Ohio.

Before the advent of computers and the use of vinyl, bc designed, created and sold his signs marketing his work through word of mouth. He cut letters with a router, made and pounced patterns, projected designs on a variety of objects then finished the job by painting and installing the sign.

bc created signs for numerous Worthington-area businesses, including Angels on High, Scottie MacBean, Pig Iron BBQ (now Iron Grill Barbeque and Brew), P.K. O'Ryan's, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Celtic Corner, Magic Cruises & Tours and M.S. Abbott Jewelers.

In addition to his sign art, bc was an accomplished muralist, sculptor and painter of portraits, landscapes and other work, which were exhibited in galleries throughout central Ohio. In April 2022, bc’s 1992, 25-foot mural of the Columbus skyline became part of the permanent collection at The Ohio Arts Council.

bc and his family lived in Worthington for 22 years.

It covers the topics art, bars (drinking establishments), restaurants, signs and artists.

It features the person William (bc) (Bill) Collins, 1943-2020.

It features the organization P.K. O'Ryan's Irish Pub.

It covers the city Worthington. It covers the area Old Worthington.

The original is in a private collection.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0433.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on November 21, 2022. It was last updated December 2, 2022.