The Macon County Arts Council celebrated its latest project Wednesday, watching North Central workers hang a 16 ft by 16 ft mural of Winding Stairs to the south side of the Lafayette Cinema building on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The mural, painted by local artist Nancy Doss, was commissioned through a $5,000 grant awarded to the MCAC from the Community Foundation of Tennessee.
Doss prepared for the painting by visiting Winding Stairs herself, with the aid of Roger Russell, who is heading up the process of getting a grant to make the area a local park. The mural was done in sections at her home, but the final masterpiece had the help of many community members. Local teens Madison Evitts, Regan Gregory, Sara Hix, Lydia Doss and Christy Ilia, helped Doss paint some sections. Carpenters George McCrary and Del Watson built a frame that was mounted to the Cinema’s wall. NCTC volunteers then mounted the mural onto that wooden frame.
Painted on aluminum panels made specifically for murals, Doss used heavy body acrylics with 2-3 inch wide brushes. The paint had to dry, then an isolation gel was added, along with two layers of varnish to protect the painting. Winding Stairs is the third installment of four planned murals. Union Camp Falls, by artist Linda Johnson, hangs on the side of Cathy’s Florist and Running Horses, by artist Eileen Herb-Witte hangs at the corner of W. Locust.