Market Street mural completed

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

September 3, 2013

A new mural on the side of a building commonly referenced to as the “Home Furniture” building has been completed.

The building is located at 115 W. Market St. in downtown Elkin.

The mural was completed by renowned artist Michael Brown.

Brown is also the artist who completed a mural located at the Elkin Antiques and Collectibles building that runs along Standard Street.

The Main Street Advisory Board decided to include mural grant projects this year along with façade grants for businesses in the downtown area. The MSAB uses funds from the MSD (Municipal Service District) to pay for projects to enhance the downtown. Those projects included beautification, landscaping, upgraded benches and trash receptacles, signs and banners, and funding requests for events from non-profits that occur downtown.

The business owners pay for the cost of the mural then are reimbursed by the MSAB mural funds, which are a 50/50 matching grant up to $1,500.

“Chris Mahon’s mural is quite different than the first. The Elkin Antiques and Collectibles owners asked their patrons what they’d like to see most on the wall of their building, and moved forward with that vision in mind. Chris Mahon had his own vision and took a personal approach. The items on his mural have meaning to him in various ways, but all represent successful businesses that thrived in the past and were based in Elkin,” said Laura Gaylord, community manager for the Town of Elkin.

“Laura got in touch with me about the idea of putting a mural on the building. She introduced me to Michael. He told me he saw my wall and thought it was a great spot, said Mahon of ACM Agency, Inc.

“My thought was to try to capture some companies that were part of the history of the town, but who were no longer around. I wanted companies I worked for, like Brendle’s. I wanted companies I was knowledgeable of, like Chatham Manufactoring. Elkin Canning Company was a label that Laura found and I liked it. McNeil’s Bottling Company (the bottle cap) was another important addition to us,” said Mahon.

According to Mahon, Brown asked to incorporate the token of Elkin Transportation in the mural because he encouraged different shapes in a mural. Brown discovered the token while he was painting his first mural on Standard Street.

“A few things were added. At some point you have to turn over the work to the artist who certainly is the expert on how to get his work done,” said Mahon.

“We’re a sales organization. We represent many different products and sell it to retail. That’s what we do inside the building. We work solely on commission. Having multiple businesses on a mural is sort of a snapshot of what we actually do,” he said.

“My purpose for taking steps on getting the mural project done is totally for the community. I believe it makes Elkin look better,” said Mahon.

“The ‘Best Little Town in Elkin’ license plate was on everyone’s car when Chris moved here in 1980, so he really liked remembering that piece of his history,” added Gaylord. “I really like that the murals are so different, but both transport the past into the future. It’s nice to be able to honor Elkin’s history, and I am thankful we had downtown business owners who wanted to be a part of this experience.”

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