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Cumming mural complete: Meet the characters behind the caricatures

Cumming mural completed in three months by a team of local artists.

CUMMING, Ga. — The artists behind a mural in downtown Cumming may have just as much character as the over 300-foot masterpiece. The group of local painters shares their experience painting the wall during the last three months.

One of the mural artists, John Kirkpatrick, says the heat made the project that much tougher, "I was responsible for painting the blue skies, and I had to take a couple of breaks because it was so hot."

Another artists, Ann Burton, says the project was a community-wide effort, "the mayor came out and we had buses full of students coming out to help us paint the wall."

Local artist, Kathy Gamble, says it was so hard to put the paintbrush down, "we just kept wanting to add different things like birds and scarecrows."

The comedian of the crafty group, Shirley Jarvis, says she was there to help wherever she was needed, " I am one of the various artists that didn't really do a whole lot. I just felt bad for all of these ladies working out there. I painted some trees, but then they fixed them."

The group of artists from the Cumming Arts Center began the project in August and added the final touches at the end of November. The mural sits in front of the Cumming Fairgrounds on Castleberry Road and commemorates buildings, landmarks, and life in the city of Cumming. 

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