I was blessed with the opportunity to be an artist of a wall mural in Daphne, AL.
Murals are going up all over the downtown block of this cute little town in Baldwin County Alabama (just north of where I live). There are paintings depicting the town’s boating and the farming culture, an old scene of Main Street, the Magnolia girls well-known for attending functions as Ambassadors of the Mobile area, and family members of original Daphne families. That’s where I came in…I painted (from a photograph) a picture of Mr. Manci (owner of Manci’s Antique Club) as a child with his sisters swimming in Mobile Bay. The mural is on one of the walls surrounding the restaurant’s patio dining area. If you’re a foodie, you’ll remember the restaurant from one of Guy Fieri’s episodes of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
The artist selection committee included the mother of a friend of mine. We were all chatting one evening when my friend changed the subject and said, “You know, mom, Eileen can paint.” I was recruited from that moment and I’m thankful. It was a lot of fun to do.
If you get to Daphne please check out all of the wall mural art in town. Some amazingly talented people have worked on this project including students from two local schools, graduate art students, seasoned artists and me.