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Last updated: October 28. 2013 11:50AM - 997 Views
By - agonzalez@civitasmedia.com



Artist Michael Brown designed four medallion pieces that are affixed above the large windows of the Habitat for Humanities Restore in Elkin. Habitat qualified for a mural grant provided by Elkin's Main Street Advisory Board.
Artist Michael Brown designed four medallion pieces that are affixed above the large windows of the Habitat for Humanities Restore in Elkin. Habitat qualified for a mural grant provided by Elkin's Main Street Advisory Board.
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The Main Street Advisory Board grant program announced the completion of its third project located at the Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore.


Habitat Retore is located at 102 E. Market St.


Michael Brown, the mural artist who created and painted two downtown murals this past summer, also painted the graphic images now displayed on the Habitat Restore facade.


“The type of bricks used to build the Habitat Restore years ago are not advised for a wall mural, so instead I’m painting an image on a large medallion,” said Brown prior to starting the project.


Four medallions are now erected onto the building. The artwork consists of a hammer, a paint roller, a wrench, and a house, all fitting toward stages relating to the Habitat brand.


Claire Sellars, executive director for the Habitat Restore, asked Brown to help them find a way to show that the Restore offered more than just the front display room. Sellars stated many people visiting the Restore for the first time do not realize that the entire building is available to shop in, citing people sometimes peek in the front door and then leave.


John Prigmore, the giddy familiar face and store manager of the Habitat Restore, said that tying the building together with the medallion artwork has already made a difference.


“Now the building is all connected. With that, sales have already increased,” said Prigmore.


In addition to the medallions, Brown suggested the building to be painted with blue trim giving the building more pop.


“It pops,” said Prigmore. “Customers like it. The feedback is tremendous.”


“What used to be a road most residents just used as a detour around Main Street, Market Street has now come alive this year with a Daniel Boone Marker, two new murals and a facade renovation full of color. It’s exciting to drive along the street and enjoy all of the interesting images of history and combinations of color,” said Laura Gaylord, Main Street and Community Manager for the town of Elkin.


According to Gaylord, the Habitat Restore has been active in the Main Street and Advisory Board programs before and the year before they were awarded a facade grant to add their new blue awnings.


“The transformation has been fun to watch. I really feel like their store looks like a destination now,” said Gaylord. “The Main Street Advisory Board is thrilled that they were able to help fund an improvement to an important entrance to downtown. First impressions are important, and the Habitat Restore has really been wonderful about taking care of their building, as well as the community. We are grateful to have them here in Elkin.”


Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@civitasmedia.com


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