Old Antique Store gets Face lift
The property facing drivers entering the city from Route 1 onto Princess Anne on the left side is getting a facelift. A block from the VFW and adjacent to Captain D’s drive-thru, the wall seemed a likely candidate for a Jumpstart grant as a revitalization effort and corridor improvement project.
The owner, Matt Haney, contacted Mirinda Reynolds to lead the mural design.
After working with local artist Cliff Satterthwaite and curating his May retrospective show of paintings from his past 35 years in Fredericksburg, she was familiar with several images he had created with a palette knife of old mills along the river. She decided to approach him for permission to use one as a reference for the new mural. He agreed with gusto. After applying, designing, and revising, the Welcome To The Old Mill District mural was officially given the go-ahead. 35 colors of exterior latex and high-quality street art paint are currently being used to layer the wall with a scene of the old Embry electric plant and the title lettered above. Half of the mural will be completed by October 10th.
In addition to Mrs. Reynolds (local artist and teacher at Fredericksburg Academy), several area students from different schools are participating in this very hands and legs-on project on the weekends. From applying the design to choosing the color that corresponds, students are learning that a large project involves a lot of planning and thought.
Local photographer/ firefighter Harlow Chandler III is documenting the project from start to finish. His work can be viewed at harlowchandler.com.
Weather cooperating, the project leader hopes to be completed by November 15th.