Berryville mural project arrives at station asdasd

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The Berryville Community Restoration Project’s latest mural, which pays tribute to the WPA and the city’s local history, was completed in August by artists James Abbott and Randy Rust.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

The Berryville Community Restoration Project’s latest mural has finally reached its destination, paying tribute to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Berryville’s local history.

Artists Randy Rust and James Abbott have been working on the mural since June. It is on a south-facing wall on the Berryville Public Square and is the largest mural the two have painted so far at 58 feet wide, Abbott said.

Rust said the mural features scenes of life from the 1930s when the WPA was active and building things throughout the area. These include a train running across the mural, a tornado and cows coming home in the distance. Abbott said the train is 16 feet wide.

Rust said the mural also serves as an homage to reading because the images are popping out of an open book.

Mary Nell Billings, who helps execute the murals, said the restoration project is working to raise the remaining funds needed for the WPA mural. A GoFundMe account has been set up for the project, she said, and can be found on the Berryville Community Restoration Fund page on Facebook.

Billings said that Berryville is setting a precedent for other small towns with the ongoing mural project on the Square.

“We’re proud of the artists for the time they’ve taken and what beautiful work they did,” she said. “I think what we’re doing is innovative. So many people are always stopping to take pictures of the murals. I think it really helps instill some pride in the community.”

The restoration project is planning to branch out into some different projects next, she said.

“One of the things we’re looking into is working with Berryville students on some simpler art projects,” Billings said. “I think that would be great. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with them to enrich our community.”

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