Waco: Finishing touches added to one mural, as another gets underway

Published: Jul. 13, 2019 at 6:27 PM CDT
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After two months of painting everyday, Diversified Waco and members from Waco Cultural Arts celebrated the completion of a mural in downtown Waco.

"It’s fantastic much bigger than we ever expected," says Diversified Waco President Ray Fritel.

Fritel funded the mural that spans across the side of his business on Webster Avenue in South Waco.

The mural showcases different events that took place across the city's history, such as Babe Ruth at Katy Park to the tornado of 1953.

The end of the Webster mural coincides with the start of another mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Clinic.

"It’s really cool to see how we are growing and becoming more vibrant in that way," says Project manager Stephanie Wheat-Johnson.

Wheat-Johnson is a member of Art Prenticeship, who are heading up the project.

The mural began just over a week ago, but was open for community help Saturday morning.

"We are finding our identity in a lot of different ways and shifting the perspective a little bit," says Wheat-Johnson who's impressed with the amount of art going up in Waco.

The movement to add murals across the city is one that President of Waco Cultural Arts, Doreen Ravenscroft hopes to see continue.

"If this makes somebody smile, and other murals around the city make people smile, then I think we succeeded," says Ravenscroft.

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