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MSA works to revitalize town murals

March 20, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Over the course of several months, the recently created Main Street Association (MSA) Mural Committee has had its eye on existing murals in West Point’s downtown area, as well as vacant walls for brand-new murals.
Deborah Mansfield, MSA design committee and mural committee member, along with fellow cohorts and MSA Design Committee Chairman Kathy Dyess, were the faces behind the vivid murals displayed on the side of the Cash & Carry Cleaners building, as well as the Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum mural.
“The team has just decided these are fun and everybody in the town likes it,” Mansfield said. “So we want to, every year, make two or three new murals for the town, and that might create outside interest and get people from out of town in to see them.”
Mansfield and Dyess said the murals were a great route in sprucing up West Point’s downtown area, which is chock full of historic buildings.
“We just want our downtown to be as bright and inviting and aesthetically interesting as possible,” Dyess said. “Not only is that good for our citizens to enjoy and see something bright and pretty and artistic every day, but visitors that come, they get the idea this town is alive and buzzing with creativity and (say), ‘I might want to come here.’”
Mansfield said the committee has been looking into more dynamic concepts for art, including 3-dimensional paintings. One idea tossed around, Mansfield said, is a maid sweeping dirt under the corner of a building — that is, the maid would be depicted in the painting as lifting the corner of the building.
Since Monday, MSA Mural Committee members have toiled with cleaning and resealing some of the existing murals in the downtown area, including the Cash & Carry Cleaners and Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum murals. Dyess said doing so was simply a preliminary, as well as necessary, step in progressing the project.

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