Unveiling of local artist’s mural set
PHILIPPI — The Barbour County Development Authority will host a public reception for the unveiling of the “General Store” mural from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the 33 South Main Street office, in Philippi.
The reception will be open to the public and give the community the opportunity to see the mural and meet the artist, JoLynn Powers of Buckhannon.
The mural was completed in support of a recent beautification initiative by the Barbour County Arts Council, Philippi EDA, Philippi Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Philippi, Mountain Arts District, Philippi Christmas Committee, Philippi Main Street, Woodlands Development Group and the Barbour County Development Authority (BCDA).
“We are working to bring together local city entities, non-profits, arts organizations, educators and artists to raise funds and implement creative place making projects around the county,” Cheryl Wolfe, BCDA director, said. “The mural is a good way to honor Barbour County businesses and highlight the talent of our local artists. We could never have done it without JoLynn’s wonderful talent and the support we have received from Woodlands Development Group through the AmeriCorps program. Another beautification/art project is planned for spring and summer 2019.”
The large 12-foot by 8-foot mural took over 150 hours over the course of seven months to complete.
“I worked on the mural as time would allow, some weeks I was painting 25 hours and others only three,” JoLynn Powers, local artist and AmeriCorps service member, serving at the BCDA office, said.
The inspiration for the mural came from the historic business that was in operation during the 1920’s and housed in the current BCDA’s Philippi office.
For more information contact Wolfe at 304-457-1225, or see their website at bcdawv.org, or find them on Facebook.
Attached photo courtesy of JoLynn Powers of the Mural “General Store.”