Sounding Boards: Greensboro’s destroyed outlets now carry messages of hope | Native information
“When I saw this photo, I thought this is what I want to paint. That’s what I want to say, “explained Lakes.
Emily Clancy’s young daughter Ana posted her message on a wooden plaque covering the front of Sonder Mind and Body, a wellness center. She carefully painted a small heart with the letters BLM – for Black Lives Matter – in the center.
“I really like that there are so many messages,” said Emily Clancy as she looked at the other murals.
Artist Madelyn Greco is used to a different type of color palette – skin.
But on Friday afternoon she painted a piece of plywood that covered the window of the boho parlor.
“I never paint things that big, and I rarely paint on a flat surface,” says Greco, an award-winning body painter, with a laugh.
Her portrait of a beautiful woman looking out on Elm Street was next to another piece of plywood on which she was going to write, “Be a human, see a human.”
“I hope it brings beauty, healing, conversation and keeps the dialogue going,” Greco said.
The historical aspect of the murals is not lost for downtown business owners.
Kristina Fuller, owner of Crafted, said the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, had expressed an interest in a Floyd mural on the front of her restaurant. She said she planned to hang another mural with her fists raised in the trendy eatery.