Original painted art by Michael Brown depicts elements of Chatham County’s flora and fauna
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2020
PITTSBORO – Main Street Pittsboro was awarded a grant from the Chatham Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Grant program. The grant will help fund a portion of the mural at the Chatham County/Pittsboro Welcome Center at 37 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC.
In the spring of 2020, Main Street Pittsboro announced a Call for Artists to transform a blank wall on the north side of the Welcome Center by adding a painted mural. From a pool of contenders, acclaimed regional muralist Michael Brown was commissioned to illustrate and paint the mural portraying the flora, fauna, and agricultural heritage of Chatham County.
“We were lucky to get Michael Brown out of semi-retirement to design and paint this mural,” said Commissioner Michael Fiocco, chair of the Main Street Pittsboro Design Committee. “We’re grateful to the Chatham Arts Council for helping us make downtown even more colorful and interesting.”
Examples of Chatham’s natural life such as bald eagles, turtles, egrets, lakes, and rivers make up the content of the mural. A nod to Chatham’s agricultural heritage is included with the addition of chickens, cows, pigs, horses, and rabbits. The mural puts another creative destination on the downtown map, attracting visitors and residents, and serving as a popular backdrop for photos.
The mural brightens an alley which will be the site of a shaded outdoor patio where pedestrians can pause and enjoy downtown.
This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
ABOUT CHATHAM ARTS COUNCIL
Over the past 20 years Chatham Arts Council has distributed about $200,000 through Grassroots Grants for the benefit of local artists. The grant is available to non-profit organizations that operate in Chatham County and count promoting the arts as part of its mission. The Grassroots Grant Program is made possible by individual contributions to the Chatham Arts Council’s general operating fund — and by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit www.chathamartscouncil.org
ABOUT MAIN STREET PITTSBORO
As a Main Street America Affiliate™, Main Street Pittsboro is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. We accomplish this through organization, promotion, design, and economic vitality, encouraging the mission to preserve and protect the unique flavor of downtown Pittsboro. For more information visit www.mainstreetpittsboro.
CONTACT: Lesley Landis, Promotions Chair of Main Street Pittsboro, firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-949-5866.