Mural Effort Continues Across Piggott
The effort to “paint the town” with murals continues in Piggott, with a ribbon cutting for one of the recently-completed projects. Meanwhile, several other murals are either complete, underway or in the works.
The proliferation of murals began last year as PHS grad Cody Crittenden adorned the walls of the Mohawk dressing room facilities at Parker Field. Earlier this year local historian Joe Cole put the wheels in motion on an effort to replace the mural on the west wall of the Jones Furniture building, along with several smaller pieces of local art.
Crittenden completed a Mohawk-themed panel on the north side of the Jones building earlier this spring, which was commissioned by the Piggott High School class of 1970. Nearby, members of Jerri Tate's PHS Art Class added a mural for the local H&R Block location, and are now working on several other panels.
With their instructor's assistance, the students are fashioning a mural of an old-fashioned country church. Tate noted the church is not meant to mirror any actual church, but is her vision of what an old-time church should look like—with a cotton field as the background. Additional panels will highlight the furniture store belonging to building owners Kevin and Julia Jones, found within.
The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce also recently commissioned Crittenden to complete a mural on the east side of the Cole Car Wash, adjacent to the railroad tracks on West Main. On Wednesday, June 13, a ribbon cutting was held by the chamber to mark the completion of the project, which welcomes those traveling west on Main Street to historic downtown Piggott.
“We want to thank Cole Baldwin for allowing us to put the the mural on the side of the car wash,” CofC president Nikki Blue noted. “It was paid for with funds we raised in our first-annual color run.”
Taking part in the ribbon cutting were Joe Cole, Tracy Cole, and chamber officers and board members Nikki Blue, Donna Fair, Jerrod Lowe, Tonya May, Daniel Steen, Stephanie Lowe, Daniel Landrum and Carlyne Sutfin.
Other murals have also been painted around the city, and currently plans are to adorn the Piggott Mohawk Athletic Complex—also known as the old gym on South Garfield, much like the blockhouse at the football field. Coach Michael Harrell noted any individuals, or classes, interested in helping sponsor the effort may contact him.