First Friday mural celebration
The City of Georgetown will celebrate two murals during the First Friday event in July. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on July 6. Light refreshments will be provided at both murals, and both artists will be on hand to discuss their work until 8 p.m.
The first mural is entitled “Discover Georgetown All Over Again”, located on the east wall of Grape Creek, 101 W. Seventh St. This mural was designed by Sarah Blankenship and completed in 2006 with help from local artists. It depicts icons of Georgetown’s past, including the 1912 Southwestern University homecoming, an 1898 parade on Main Street, and Georgetown’s namesake George Washington Glasscock.
City staff will be on hand to take pictures and capture interviews with people who want to share their memories of the mural. The City must replace the entirety of the plaster on the wall due to the extensive failure of the existing stucco. The mural will be removed beginning the week of July 9. Once the work is complete, the City will host a call for art to install a new mural.
The second mural, entitled “Honoring the Past and Innovating the Future” is the work of artist Mila Sketch. Work is underway on the new mural, located on the west wall of Boomtown Escapes, 215 W. Eighth St. The design was selected by the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board this spring. It depicts six existing buildings including the Georgetown Palace Theater, the M.B. Lockett building, and Southwestern University’s Cullen Building, as well as imagined futuristic buildings and infrastructure.
To learn more about public art in Georgetown, please visit arts.georgetown.org.