New year will see new downtown artwork
By Jim Wallace

The palate awaits new artwork highlighting our county.
With the new year, downtown Thomson will get a new piece of art.
The wall of the Wilson Building at the corner of Main and Railroad streets will have a new mural added this year, said Elizabeth Vance, executive director at Thomson-McDuffie County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The old mural, tattered and faded, was painted over last month, ending a history of many years in the community.
“The previous mural was not repairable and the group Go Georgia Arts project came about. That paid for part of the new mural,” said Vance.
“Most of the images that are going to be in the new mural were in the old mural,” she said, adding that sports would be eliminated and might be highlighted on a later mural.
Among the inclusions on the center panel are Blind Willie McTell, camellias, Hickory Hill, the Rock House, J. Edgar Thomson and R.L. Norris.
One panel will represent Wrightsboro, and another panel will represent Dearing.
As part of the Go Georgia Arts program, the mural will have a tag that will be included in a map of Georgia communities that have a mural. Wilkes County also has a mural that is part of the program.
Vance said the project should be finished by April or May.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Dec. 28, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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