Granby Main Street tackles 300-foot mural project on Agate Avenue
Granby’s downtown area will receive a proverbial facelift this September as Granby Main Street and artists from So-Gnar Creative work to complete a 300-foot long mural on Agate Avenue just east of the Grand County EMS headquarters between Mesa Street and Zero Street.
The Granby Main Street program is spearheading the mural project. The new mural will be created on the concrete retaining wall north of Agate Avenue that runs from the east end of the EMS headquarters building to Zero Street. The retaining wall previously showcased the “Historic Granby Time Line” which featured historic photographs and brief excerpts outlining the history of Middle Park’s largest municipality.
Work on the project kicked off in late August as a group of over half a dozen volunteers turned out to help prep the retaining wall for the future artwork by painting a gray primer coat over the concrete. The more detailed artist’s paintwork on the project will begin Sept. 22. The majority of the intricate and detail oriented artwork for the project will be handled by Pat Milbery and other artists from So-Gnar, a Denver based company that dabbles in clothing, branding and artwork among other facets. Milbery, who founded So-Gnar, is a Colorado resident and former professional snowboarder who calls Winter Park his “home mountain”.
Project organizers will have plenty of other work to handle as well though and they are seeking volunteers to assist with the project on two separate dates: Sept. 23 and Sept. 26. Volunteers will work on the project during “creation sessions”. The creative sessions on Sept. 23 run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the Sept. 26 creative sessions run from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Organizers expect work on the mural project to be complete around Sept. 28, weather permitting.
Volunteers who assist with the project will have specific painting related duties lined out by organizers. Organizers stated “no art experience necessary” for those looking to volunteer on the project. The artists from So-Gnar will handle the finer detail work, which will feature colorful mountain landscapes and wildlife including wild mustangs and rainbow trout.
Jessica Blair, Granby’s Chamber Director and head of the Main Street Program who is overseeing the project, explained the reasoning by the effort.
“Every town I have ever worked in has been able to create a sense of community through art,” Blair said. “But if you walk up and down our main street corridor, there is not a lot of art. In my past experience art is the best way to bring the community together.”
Blair said she hopes this fall’s mural project will help spur the creativity of other community members to tackle similar public arts projects in the future.
The total cost of the 300-foot long mural project is estimated at around $13,500. Funding for the project comes from a variety of sources including a $2,500 grant from Grand Foundation and roughly $1,500 in Granby Main Street program funds. The Town of Granby also kicked in $10,000. According to Blair the monies were released from the Granby Downtown Façade Improvement fund, which provides supplemental funding to local businesses to improve or upgrade storefronts along Agate Avenue.
The Granby Main Street program is an advocacy group working to promote business in Granby’s downtown business district. It is directly tied to Granby’s Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and is staffed by the same individuals.
To find out more about the project check out Granby Main Street’s eventbrite page by going to eventbrite.com and searching for “Help Paint the Longest Mural in Grand County!” You can also find out more about scheduling by calling the Granby Chamber of Commerce.
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