Calling all artists

MainStreet Zephyrhills announces downtown mural project

Art has been a continuing element appearing on the buildings in the Zephyrhills’ downtown business district and more is on the way.

Main Street Zephyrhills announced a call for artists for a mural on 7th Street, just south of downtown Zephyrhills. Main Street is inviting an artist to “bring joy to quiet places” to our historic district.

According to Main Street Event Coordinator Paxton McCullough, the mural will be an attraction for visitors and a source of pride for locals.

For many, Zephyrhills is known as the “City of Pure Water”. While water is not the central theme of the project, an interpretation of water should be used in some form within the mural. McCullough said proposals could pay homage to the town’s unique history while portraying it in a fresh, creative way will be favored.

“We want to beautify downtown,” McCullough said. “We’re definitely going to do more murals in the future – some that Main Street will fund and hopefully encouraging other private building owners to fund their own as well.”

The mural will be located on the south-facing wall of 5210 7th Street, a one-story white building. Artists are asked to complete an application documenting their relevant experience and proposed concept for the mural, along with a budget not to exceed the maximum award amount of $5,000. Applications are due by February 26, 2021.

Submissions will be evaluated by a selection committee based upon the overall quality, creativity, and merit of the submitted designs. The selection committee is made up of committee and Main Street board members. Submissions from all emerging, mid-career, established and collaborations of artists are encouraged. Designs can be painted or otherwise transferred on to an outdoor, painted, brick wall. One artist or collaboration of artists will be chosen by the selection committee to complete the project.

Submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee in early March. An artist will be selected, approved, and notified by the end of March. The completion date will be determined once an artist is selected.

“I can’t wait to see the submissions people put in for this upcoming mural,” McCullough said. “It’s very exciting.”

4 thoughts on “Calling all artists

  1. I would encourage Paxton and others to coordinate with Barbara Moore, Maria Spoto and Christy Spoto on project for continuity and history and out of respect! The 2010 mural was s major endeavor of the 100th Birthday and Centennial celebration! Many contributed to the mural at the intersection of 54 and 301! They spent laborious hours getting the history accurate! This might be seen as phase two and I feel certain Barbara, a retired art teacher and Maria and Christy, beloved zephyrhills gals would advise and guide! Those of us on that Centennial committee met for over two years and then Main Street director Brenda Welscher was a component of! Just a suggestion from the standpoint of respect! Madonna Wise

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