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What began as a vacation trip for one local artist ended with the Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild “talking trash” to the town’s officials.
Elcy Leshley traveled to Abilene, KS, last year for vacation and observed that the town had artwork painted
on their public trash receptacles. A variety of subject matter relating to Kansas had been used for the theme.
Meadowlarks—the state bird, sunflowers—the state flower, and even Dorothy in her ruby red slippers had been portrayed.
In 2011, the CB Artists’ Guild started the tradition of creating a yearly collective art project that would both benefit and beautify the town, beginning with the mural on the Public Restrooms’ Building on the Boardwalk.
Leshley said that while the group was painting the mural, people from off the street would stop by and ask if they could help. What began as the Artists’ Guild project, turned into a community event that still delights residents and tourists who visit the beachfront.
Last year the town’s officials asked the Guild if they would paint the “White Building” at 108 Taylor Street. Because of all of the pipes and electrical work, they chose to paint the building with an abstract theme.
For this year’s project, the group decided to try what Abilene had done.
After some planning, and with the cooperation of the town, the project was on. Area artists were supplied with plywood panels, cut and primed by the town.
The theme for the project was not just a beach theme, but anything relating to Colonial Beach. No one was put in charge of designating subject matter for the artists, but as luck would have it, no two are alike in subject matter. The works represent the variety of treasures that Colonial Beach has to offer.
The panels were presented to Town Manager Val Foulds and Public Works Director Rob Murphy last Saturday during the group’s regular meeting. Foulds thanked all of the artists for their works, and Murphy said that his crew would be installing the artwork on the trash receptacles along the Boardwalk this week.