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Public asked to help paint South Washington mural

The public is being invited to help Pulaski County High School art students paint a mural on a South Washington Avenue wall next week.
According to Pulaski Public Information Officer Barbi Tate, no artistic talents are needed to assist with the effort.
PCHS art teacher Tammy Parks asked that the public be invited to help insure a sense of community and “ownership” in the project.
The mural will be painted on a cinderblock wall on property owned by Murphy Rental LLC. The wall recently was cleaned and covered with a coat of white paint in preparation for the art project, which will get underway around 2 p.m. Monday.
The property owner has offered to donate the lot to the town, but the town is in the process of making sure there are no environmental issues prior to accepting the offer. The owner has given permission for painting of the mural.
“I’m very impressed with a town that wants to have artwork,” Parks told members of Pulaski Town Council Tuesday. In addition to letting the public see the talent of local artists, she said art creates a sense of community and makes a town “quaint and interesting.”
She also noted that studies show that art also increases tourism.
Parks was asked whether some of the images depicted on the mural, such as a baseball player or the caboose, could include arrows or directions telling visitors how to get to that attraction.
“I strongly believe a mural should be a mural and not a map. When it becomes a map, it’s not artwork anymore,” Parks said.
She said she has no objections to something being placed on the property to direct visitors to the town’s attractions. However, she preferred that it not be painted on the mural.
Parks urged the town to also improve the parking area on the lot, noting that people will not stop to take a look at the artwork if there is no place for them to get out of the road.
Town Manager John Hawley said the town has permission from the property owner to make improvements.
Parks suggested seating also would be a good addition.
Anyone interested in helping with the mural should meet at the wall around 2 p.m. Monday. For more information, call the town offices at 994-8600.

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Public asked to help paint South Washington mural

The public is being invited to help Pulaski County High School art students paint a mural on a South Washington Avenue wall next week.
According to Pulaski Public Information Officer Barbi Tate, no artistic talents are needed to assist with the effort.
PCHS art teacher Tammy Parks asked that the public be invited to help insure a sense of community and “ownership” in the project.
The mural will be painted on a cinderblock wall on property owned by Murphy Rental LLC. The wall recently was cleaned and covered with a coat of white paint in preparation for the art project, which will get underway around 2 p.m. Monday.
The property owner has offered to donate the lot to the town, but the town is in the process of making sure there are no environmental issues prior to accepting the offer. The owner has given permission for painting of the mural.
“I’m very impressed with a town that wants to have artwork,” Parks told members of Pulaski Town Council Tuesday. In addition to letting the public see the talent of local artists, she said art creates a sense of community and makes a town “quaint and interesting.”
She also noted that studies show that art also increases tourism.
Parks was asked whether some of the images depicted on the mural, such as a baseball player or the caboose, could include arrows or directions telling visitors how to get to that attraction.
“I strongly believe a mural should be a mural and not a map. When it becomes a map, it’s not artwork anymore,” Parks said.
She said she has no objections to something being placed on the property to direct visitors to the town’s attractions. However, she preferred that it not be painted on the mural.
Parks urged the town to also improve the parking area on the lot, noting that people will not stop to take a look at the artwork if there is no place for them to get out of the road.
Town Manager John Hawley said the town has permission from the property owner to make improvements.
Parks suggested seating also would be a good addition.
Anyone interested in helping with the mural should meet at the wall around 2 p.m. Monday. For more information, call the town offices at 994-8600.

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