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When we brought in our inaugural muralist, Tara Aversa, we had no idea how we’d fund such a mural. Relatively inexpensive considering the lasting impact they have on the community, murals do require funds to rent equipment, purchase materials and, of course, pay the artist. We fairly compensate our muralists for their time and professional product.
Had it not been for the generosity of First National Bank of Manchester and Wheeler Construction in helping fund the Manchester Magnolia, we might never have gotten this crusade off the ground. The Hershman family was essential to our work by entrusting us with their wall for the Postcard.
Coffee County Bank pushed us over the finish line financially to make the Postcard happen. The Manchester Recreation Committee has been a key partner by providing locations for the pink American Eel, Dragonfly, Good of the Hive honey bees, and Black-Eyed Susan murals that we've installed along the greenway for everybody to enjoy.
We will forever be grateful to all of our founding partners.
Without people like them —and perhaps you—community improvement efforts through outdoor art isn’t possible.
So, thank you for the consideration!
“I personally feel this program is working to add beauty to areas of our town that need a gentle facelift and also allow artists to showcase their work. Our bank and I will be in support of this program for as long as we can continue to make our city more attractive to its citizens and visitors.”
– Brent Parsley, FNB
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Landscape of the Heart
Nathan Brown is one of Nashville’s most prolific street artists, but he’s also painted all over the world, from Germany to Hungary to Kosovo. DMA was lucky to pin him down for ARTober, during which he spent the better part of a week splashing the downtown with colorful whimsy via a 50-by-30-foot wall on the back of the old Trader’s Bank in downtown Tullahoma. Nathan’s “Landscape of the Heart” represents the rolling terrain of Tennessee, as well the heart of the city—and the explosion of color coming to Tullahoma.
Chris Tidwell, more commonly known as forBecks, has left his mark all over Middle Tennessee in the form of Instagram like hearts, painted pinwheels, balloons and his iconic LEGO men, the latter of which he came to paint in downtown Tullahoma for DMA’s ARTober.
The Art of Harmony
Ty Christian’s work paints a powerful picture: that we should love and support our neighbor no matter the color of their skin, religion or political affiliation. He painted a mashup of outstretched hands on the back of Tullahoma’s Good Samaritan as a show of unity to humanity. It's his third in an ongoing mission to spread the message of harmony through large scale pieces of public artworks.
You Are Not Alone
Sarah Painter and Cosby Hayes, a muralist team out of Florida, had come up to paint for DMA’s first ARTober event. While here, news of a teen who took his own life because of embarrassment and bullying hit the news cycle and impacted the community like a ton of bricks. Sarah and Cosby were inspired to paint an anti-bullying mural on the side of Foothills Crafts in Manchester in remembrance of Channing Smith to serve as a reminder that there is always a helping hand out there and that suicide is never the answer.
Another component of a Tennessee Arts Commission Creative Placemaking grant, Nashville-based artist Lance Turner was referred to us by Matt Willey and came to paint a triptych beneath a bridge along in Manchester along the Little Duck River Greenway. Lance seamlessly incorporated his surroundings with things flanking the river, including magnolia leaves that have begun to turn and Black-Eyed Susans, as well as gradients to create a golden sheen to the background.
The Good of the Hive
As long-time fans of Matt Willey’s work, we were thrilled to get the chance to bring the acclaimed artist and activist to Manchester for his first Tennessee mural—and his 23rd installation in his Good of the Hive series. In an attempt to paint 50,000 bees, the number signifying a healthy hive, Matt is raising awareness about pollinators and inspiring people in communities of all sizes across the United States—and around the world.
Pure magic happens when you give an artist full creative rein, which is how this bold, beautiful octopus came to greet passersby on 41A in downtown Tullahoma. After securing a Creative Placemaking grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission, we reached out to our initial muralist, Tara Aversa, and asked her to come down and paint whatever she was feeling called to do. The result took three days with a one-inch brush, and Bertha immediately became a local celebrity, in addition to Tullahoma’s first public mural.
Manchester Postcard Mural
The postcard concept comes from all over the United States in cities big and small. Eric 'Mobē' Bass brought this relatively simplistic design to life by taking a read on the location and community. The background represents the pastoral, farming nature of the region while capturing the spirit of Tennessee, in addition to a hidden motif. This postcard is designed to welcome visitors to our community while providing residents an opportunity to teleport into the countryside and beyond.
Ivan Roque found us through the network of the internet. We loved his work, he loved the thought of painting a triptych in the river, and a story was born. Representing a stylized American Eel in true Miami colors, this fish is an endangered species found only on the eastern coastal regions of the United States.
The Southern Magnolia Flag Mural was a labor of love by Tarabella Aversa on the side of Wheeler Construction & Restoration's building. Her tiny, one-inch brush was the largest tool she used to create this celebration of the United States of America in downtown Manchester, Tennessee. From the central, fully opened magnolia flower seen in the middle to an ethereal Stars and Stripes, ghostly and floating as a window to the universal symbols of freedom, justice and the American South, this mural stands as tribute to the soil that generations of people have fought over.
Part of our mission to help fund public art is the creation of events for the community. Any event that we do is designed to pour money into artist fees, paint, logistics and equipment. This concept is at the heart of our mission statement as an organization. You can see some of what we've done here. Check out the calendar below for events to support!