Furman students paint community mural on Stax's Original Restaurant

Furman University students paint community mural on Stax's Original Restaurant (FOX Carolina/May 10, 2018)

The Cherrydale area of Greenville is getting a little more color thanks to a new community mural.

It's part of an art class at Furman University called Art in the Community. It's a shortened, three week class where students get out in the community and paint murals.The class started three years ago. There are six total murals across Greenville. The first one is at Horizon Records on Stone Avenue.

The newest mural is being painted on the side of Stax's Original Restaurant on Poinsett Highway. Pepsi reached out to Furman University's Art Department about the project. Furman University then asked local artist Kate Furman if she wanted to design the mural for students to paint.

"It brightens it up a little bit and it shows art in a place that really doesn't have much other art yet so I think it's great," said Furman.

Furman explained the design she came up with is based on a poster one of the Stax's partners had when he was younger.

"A fall scene, heading up into the mountains taking it back to when Stax's was first created here and it being kind of the last stop before you get into the mountains because back then, Traveler's Rest wasn't really happening like it is now," explained Marta Lanier, the Furman University Art Program Specialist.

It's supposed to look like a post card from Greenville complete with mountains, the Furman University bell tower and the original Stax's with a classic Pepsi logo on the building.

"When you come in, you know that we care. We know that we're part of the community and we're part of people's lives and I think this kind of shows that," said Michael Stathakis from Stax's Original Restaurant.

The mural will be finished by the end of the month.

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