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Igniting Interest in Signage

By Kayla Kling, Content Specialist

Husband-wife team Jude Cook and Monica Hay Cook welcomed visitors to the recent grand opening of their Ignite Sign Art Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Held in conjunction with Tucson Modernism Week, the event celebrated historic signage brought back to life from Tucson and across the U.S. It also featured a lecture that educated the standing-room-only crowd about the history and importance of signage for businesses.

“The delight and appreciation from seeing the art and craft of neon signs up close is obvious on everyone’s faces,” said Morgan Crook, Ventex’s General Manager and Tech Support.

News crews showed up to document the grand opening, and their video footage showed a few of the over 200 signs displayed within the museum.

Guests swarmed Cook, who — if you didn’t catch our previous blog post about his background — has a passion for restoring signage to its original glory.

“We had at least 300 people at the opening,” he said. “We had 75 more people go through over the next 3 days.”

Ventex was proud to be a part of the event by providing the neon power supplies that light many of the signs, including the outdoor signage for Ignite.

“Jude and his team did a fantastic job on refurbishing and saving the history of Tucson signs,” said Rich Matas, Ventex’s Pacific Southwest Sales Representative. “It was a pleasure to help him with the materials for the neon.”

For more information about the Ignite Sign Art Museum, be sure to check out the museum’s website.

See the photos!

See some of the signs that are powered by Ventex, including the Pioneer Hotel, Molina’s Midway Mexican Food, Wilko, Jerry’s and exterior Ignite sign.

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