Sidewall artwork tradition continues with downtown Crestview mural


Artist Darryl Davis paints a mural depicting historic Crestview on the side of a 1920s Main Street building.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — It's the summer of public wall art in North Okaloosa County.

As a state prisoner wraps up a mural on Baker Block Museum, muralist Darryl Davis is working on the north wall of a 1920s Main Street building.

"If the weather would just cooperate I'd have more done," Davis said, adding one of the frequent recent showers to hit the area caused some of the paint to run before it dried.

Davis' mural on the side of the Stewart Law Firm continues a tradition of large-scale artwork on early and mid-20th-century commercial buildings.

The art offers a glimpse of when the building served as a dentist's office. Through a hole-in-the-wall view, a girl peers at an old-time dentist's chair and equipment.

Other motifs include a 1960s scene of a boat being rowed up flooded Main Street, an old postcard and the Fox Theatre.

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