The Williamsburg Public Art Council will discuss a new mural

(WY Daily/Ben Mackin)

WILLIAMSBURG – The City of Williamsburg Public Art Council (WPAC) will hold its next meeting at the Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St., on January 31, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

On the program, a proposal for a multicolored mural by artist Steve Prince. This mural would be located on the wall of the Food Lion grocery store, 1234 Richmond Rd., across from Sal’s By Victor.

According to the description on the application, “The mural would reflect past and present scenes of people representing various ethnic groups participating in ‘everyday’ family activities. The vibrant foliage of the fertile land would be present in the picture, musicians playing instruments marching through the streets, colonial houses paired with Midtown Row buildings would create a skyline listening to the past/present, parents teaching their children riding bikes and fish on the Matoaka River, and the reflections of Native American, African and European would linger in the shadows like a distant memory gracefully reminding us of complications and history troubled past while revealing a path to communal harmony as exemplified by the Midtown Row Community. It will have a mix of bold and subtle colors that will blend with the wall evoking the spirit of jazz music. The compilation of earth, nature, built environment and people would be carefully woven into the composition like a hand-stitched quilt over many generations!

Also on the agenda is the President’s report, which will outline five key principles for evaluating public art proposals. The principles are a set of 5 questions:

  • Does the work advance Williamsburg’s purpose for the public art program in that it celebrates the city’s past, present and future; enhances the City’s identity and economic vitality by encouraging people to devote more time to public art; and/or showcases and enhances the beauty and uniqueness of the City?
  • Does it embody public or universal concepts as opposed to commercial, partisan or personal ideas or interests?
  • Is the work visually and physically accessible to the public and does it expand opportunities for community engagement without requiring a particular conclusion?
  • Does the work express the values ​​of Williamsburg while creating a high sense of awareness for community members and visitors?
  • Can the work be interpreted as derogatory, offensive or obscene in any way?

WPAC has also released its 2022 schedule. The meeting following the one detailed in this story will also be held on February 28, 2022 at the Stryker Center.

More information can be found on the City of Williamsburg Civic Portal website.

Norma D. Ross