Phase Two of the Carter Green park project on Main Street in downtown South Boston is nearing completion. Jayne Elliott, Destination Downtown South Boston board member who initiated the project, announced that the 60-foot long wall graphic taking shape on the south wall of the Pambid building that houses “Keep It Classy” designer consignment should wrap up in the next week.
“If Mother Nature gives us a break from the almost daily downpour, and with the continued help of my talented artist volunteers, we should finish the art in another week”, she said.
Elliott designed the colorful graphic to “cover up the mismatched stucco patches along the base of the wall” and add an aesthetic element to the new park environment. The color theme was selected to complement the deep pink crape myrtles donated and planted by Reaves Lawn and Garden and the new Destination Downtown South Boston promotional banners along Main Street.
Elliott added, “The really good news is that we have just received commitments from Mr. Hill Felton of Felton Brothers Transit Mix, Inc. and Mr. Neil Ragsdale, representing Chandler Concrete of Virginia, Inc., to help Destination Downtown South Boston complete the park seating area. Along with labor commitments from Harmon J. Saunders Construction, Inc. and Andy Flowers and Mac McDannald of McDannald Construction, Inc., the hardscape part of the park should come together in September.”
Elliott noted, “All the paint for the wall art has been donated by Sherwin Williams through South Boston store manager, Ryan LaPradd. But without the help and artistic collaboration from Betty Caldwell, Kay Lewis, Lynn Lacy, Lee Anne Daniel, Jake Saunders and Wayne Fuller, this graphic would not have happened. And a big ‘thank you’ to Blakely Swanson for his photo journal too.”
“We have enjoyed all the people who stop by to talk about the wall. They take pictures, they tell us they love the colors,” said Betty Caldwell, well-known local artist and retired art teacher.
Kay Lewis, also known for her many talents, said, “They ask if we’re going to paint the whole wall. We laugh and respond, ‘That would be a big fat no.”
Destination Downtown South Boston is in need of continuing financial contributions to purchase a town information kiosk and improve the parking lot on the corner of Charles and Main Streets, as well as the addition of a pocket park between Main Street and the Farmer’s Market.