It is wonderful to live in an area with a strong artistic community. This year, a new art mural was completed in Hendersonville to bring attention to our pollinators and their importance to our ecosystem. Artist Matt Wiley worked on this for months, beginning in 2019, with a pause during lockdown last year.
Mr Wiley’s organization, Good of the Hive, has a mission to paint 50,000 honey bees on walls around the world. The number is related to the number of honey bees in a healthy hive. I like the way he used the architecture of the building as part of the mural, with honey pooling on the window frames and dripping down the edges.
A close up shows a queen bee with lots of workers.
The mural extends around the side to the back of the building.
A large butterfly lands on an echinacea flower (or coneflower) on the back as well.
Down below the honeycomb, more bees are coming in with pollen on their legs. Under the windows, the life cycle of a butterfly is depicted.
On the ground, large white hydrangeas ‘grow’ from the bottom, and a small garden is newly planted.
A monarch perches on the side of a window, while a caterpillar makes ready to spin a cocoon. A large bee gathers pollen on a spray of pink flowers.
Read more about the Good of the Hive on a newspaper article HERE.
This wonderful mural honoring our veterans is one block off Main street. It was painted many years ago and is still nice.
There is a Coca-Cola mural on the side of a building on the north end of Main, and I cannot find the picture I took of it. The business moved away a few years ago and now the mural is deteriorating. On the side of the town’s old time soda shop, Mike’s on Main, a large Coca-Cola mural was restored a few years ago. It faces Third street.
Since 2003, the town of Hendersonville has had a Bearfootin’ Art Walk on Main Street. Each year, local businesses sponsor a bear to be painted by local artists and art groups. The bears are auctioned at the end of summer to benefit local charities. The first design used in 2003 was this one, with the bears on all fours. This one has scenes from around the area.
This one has a summer theme, don’t you love his bright green wellies?
The standing bear statue design was used in 2004. This bear is on display now.
The bears are on the corners of the intersections all down Main street downtown. Most intersections have four bears, one on each corner.
This one was from the second year of the Bearfootin’ Art Walk, and was purchased back by the Kilwin’s Ice Cream shop that sponsored it. It has been a fixture on Main street ever since.
The third bear statue design was a mother-baby.
The back of this bear is a flower show.
This one is a colorful design on white bears.
Many artists try to make the bears look realistic.
Other artists use the shapes in more of an interpretive design, like this one showing the progression of the seasons.
This artist made a distinction between the two bears, painting the little one yellow, but bringing the vines across both. For the past 15 years or so, artists have had their choice of which statue design to use, so all three shapes are now seen every year.
On the front of the children’s museum is a mosaic art piece that is really intricate. The tree in front makes it difficult to get a photo, but there is such detail in the design. Mountains, trees, rainbows, a waterfall and wildlife make up the mosaic.
Over in Brevard, a crosswalk mural was painted in March. I haven’t been over to see it yet, but I plan to make a jaunt over there soon. After all, it has been a year since I hit the Brevard thrift stores, LOL!! We also have a large community of artists that sell their wares in small shops on Main Street. Pottery, wood worked items, fiber arts, quilted items, glass works, sculptures, jewelry, hand woven baskets, photography, paintings and more are available in our downtown area. There is so much talent here, and it is fun to shop.
Do you have street art and artist galleries in your area?