By Katie Teems, NHT AmeriCorps
The last day of ArtSpring 2017 marked an exciting announcement at Cottrill's Opera House. AmeriCorps Member, Dominic Piacentini, in partnership with New Historic Thomas, Woodlands Development Group, Tucker County Cultural District Authority, and of course, ArtSpring, arranged a Call for Artists to bring public art to Thomas. A committee of dedicated community members unanimously selected two winners, both Thomas locals: Nellie Rose Davis and Nathan Baker.
Guests enjoyed refreshments from Mountain State Brewing Company and crowded around as both artists talked about their designs.
Nellie expressed her gratitude and talked about her project, which will be a mural done in the style of her hand-painted textiles. What excited the selection committee about this project was Nellie's intention of using this colorful design to draw attention to the vibrant and thriving businesses of Front Street.
Nathan Baker discussed his design, which will be a 10-foot-tall installation that will have wisteria growing from the middle and wrapping around the piece. The selection committee loved the idea of having an interactive and living art installation that would encourage its observers to stop and reflect.
AmeriCorps Dominic Piacentini said, "It's been a really great opportunity to be a part of this process, working alongside New Historic Thomas and their partners to make Thomas even more beautiful and inviting. Nellie and Nathan both do fantastic work, and I can't wait to see their projects begin to take shape in Thomas!"
Both artists will be starting on their installations this summer to be completed within the year. New Historic Thomas is proud to support these two local artists, and we look forward to seeing their pieces in Thomas for years to come.