NEWTON GROVE — With his brush, local artist Robert Hall spent a portion of his day painting colorful leaves on the Newton Grove Post Office building.
After receiving approval from town leaders, Hall visited Newton Grove this week to paint a mural to represent the town heritage.
“They picked out this building here because it’s a nice route from Fayetteville and they figured it would get some exposure,” Hall said about U.S. Highway 13 and visitors seeing the 12-by-14-foot mural.
The project was developed by the Citizens Improving Newton Grove (CING) and was presented by Chair Laura Wheeler before it was approved by the town’s Board of Commissioners. CING members came up with several ideas and picked a design with a tree, which was inspired by the town’s logo. When it’s completed, the centerpiece of the mural will feature a tree with roots, with different colored leaves as an inspiration of different cultures, families and businesses in Newton Grove.
“It also captures the eye,” Hall said. “Having it one color wouldn’t stand out as much as having it different colors.”
The tree is also enclosed by a circle that says “New Town On The Grove” and “Deeply Rooted” below it. Wheeler said the town in northern Sampson County was established as a grove and trees. In addition to the tree, it will also welcome motorists to the town founded in 1879.
Hall said he’s going to enjoy having his work displayed in Newton Grove for residents and visitors. The Union High School graduate specializes in a variety of art such as painting, sculptures, woodcarving, greeting cards and children’s books.
A few years ago, he completed a mural for Garland featuring well-known locations such as the Brooks Brothers Factory, children and Dr. Amos Johnson and his aide, Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell, who are labeled as “medical trailblazers” for their innovation of the physician assistant concept. In addition to work for municipalities, Hall made contributions to the movie “The Color Purple,” for silhouette designs for promotional purposes.
“I love it,” Hall said. “Everywhere I go and anywhere I go, if I can do something on a building, it helps give exposure. I love doing art.”
Depending on the weather, Hall is planning to finish the mural within the next several days
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