TEXARKANA, Ark. — A ribbon-cutting for the latest downtown mural will take place Wednesday, rain or shine.
The official debut of "Colors of Life," an abstract mural by artist Joseph Raymond, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at 112 Pine St., behind Graham Slam Bakery. In case of rain, the event will be held in the 1894 City Market Art Gallery, 105 Olive St.
A public reception in the gallery will follow the ribbon-cutting. The event will be hosted by the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Texarkana.
Heritage, Heart and Arts, a Texarkana nonprofit, commissioned the mural, which is 125 feet long. Major funding was provided by the Patterson-Troike Foundation, along with Main Street Texarkana and Heritage, Heart and Arts. The mural is part of the residential parking lot for 1894 City Market Loft Apartments.
"We are excited about this latest public art to be added to the murals in our downtown Texarkana," said Ina McDowell, executive director of Main Street Texarkana. "With the continued growth and development in downtown, this is a wonderful addition to the color and excitement coming to our city's heart. The work further beautifies our historic and most significant part of our city's commercial district."