A mural depicting some of the agricultural history of Claiborne Parish will be started soon on the north side of the Kinnebrew Building on the Southwest corner of the Square. On behalf of the artists, the Claiborne Jubilee is seeking donations of various supplies which could be lent to the project for the month of March. Ed Watson has already agreed to let the artists use his scaffolding for the project, but items such as tarps to cover the sidewalk, rags, five gallon buckets, rope to lower the buckets from the scaffolding, paint trays, paint rollers, roller handles and extension handles are also needed. In addition brushes with angled tips in the following sizes would be appreciated: 1 1/2” , 2”. 4” and 6”. Even plastic containers such as Cool Whip or margarine tubs are helpful for mixing small quantities of paint.
Claiborne Parish artist Judy Buckner is creating the design which will be transferred to the building by professor Nick Bustamonte and a group of his senior art students from LATech. They are working with Jubilee coordinator Cynthia Steele on the design and implementation of the mural. Building owner Jim Ross of Shreveport is arranging to have the entire building washed and painted prior to the start of the mural.
Among the features of the mural will be scenes from the Kinnebrew Cotton Gin which is presently located in the Louisiana Cotton Museum in Lake Providence, LA. If anyone has photographs of the Kinnebrew Gin from the days it was in operation, the Jubilee would like to borrow them to copy. To arrange for pick up of any of the above items please contact Cynthia Steele, 927-2566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mural is being made possible by a grant to the Claiborne Jubilee through the Town of Homer from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism cooperating with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered through the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. The Homer Industrial Foundation is funding the special paint needed for the project.