This mural was painted back in the 1980s by another artist, whose name I will report when I remember it. It's on the side of brick building in Aynor, SC, and it depicts the train which was the main method of transport in the beginning days of the county, and the tobacco growing industry which was the mainstay of the economy back then. The mural has faded quite a lot over the years. The Town of Aynor has a Harvest Hoe-Down festival in the fall every year, and they've asked me to restore this mural in time for that. I agreed to do this only if the original artist gave permission. He did. There will be town employees to help with scaffolding and such, and volunteers to help with the painting.
I lived in this town for a few years when I graduated from college and started teaching (a hundred years ago
). I was the first Art Teacher they had at the high school. My parents both lived here when they were young, this is where they met and married, and my mother taught in elementary school here when she first started teaching. My father lived here as a child and was a deputy on the police force for a while. It's a sweet, small town, and I have great memories of it. This is an opportunity to give back and reconnect with all that after all these years. It's going to be fun. I'm in charge of it! Yikes!
Work starts next Monday, July 23.
Here's how it looks now, from left to right: