A renowned mural artist is at it again and leaving his legacy on a wall of downtown Elkin’s most popular restaurant.
Artist Michael Brown’s newest piece is being painted on the side wall of Twenty One and Main, 102 E. Main St. in downtown Elkin.
Traffic heading north into Elkin on Bridge Street may be shifted to one lane during Brown’s developing work. Traffic safety cones direct vehicles to merge where Brown is working. Brown often has to step off his ladder and back into a portion of the street to glace at the mural.
“It’s a very busy street…so we worked it out by working with DOT officials so we can keep everyone safe,” said Laura Gaylord, community manager for the town of Elkin.
Drivers don’t mind merging into one lane.
“I don’t mind about going to one lane,” said Mary Richards of Yadkinville, who was in her car waiting at a red light on the intersection adjacent to the mural. “Let’s help him do his work and keep him safe. You can tell it’s going to be pretty. It’s a wonderful thing they’re doing to keep him safe.”
According to officials, the mural will be Yadkin Valley AVA-inspired, per the direction of the owners of Twenty One and Main. The Yadkin Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area that includes land in seven counties of northwestern North Carolina.
Brown completed many murals in cities across North Carolina and in Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Florida, Chicago and Baltimore.
The mural artist coming to Elkin is part of a grant program launched by the Main Street Advisory Board. Last year was the first time officials offered the grant to the downtown community.
According to the town of Elkin, business owners pay for the cost of the mural and are reimbursed by the MSAB mural funds, which are a 50/50 matching grant up to $1,500.
Brown’s first mural was painted on the wall of Elkin Antiques and Collectibles building, a one-story building that borders Standard Street.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.