Sidewall artwork tradition continues with downtown Crestview mural

Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Main Street barber Mack Brooks, whose shop is the longest continuously operating business in the historic district, offers Davis near-daily support and advice, the artist said.

Brooks shares his frequent history lessons with Davis during the octogenarian's daily walks from his barbershop to lunch at Uncle Bill's Restaurant, and sometimes in the morning as well.

"I'm going to paint his picture on that 2-cent stamp on the old postcard," Davis said. "Mack stops and gives me his 2 cents' worth, so I'm giving it back to him."

Several downtown buildings’ sides historically had lavish artwork and advertisements.

Former Main Street Crestview Association director Ryan Arvay was in negotiations with Coca-Cola for funding to restore an old-fashioned Coke ad on the side of the former New Central Café.

However, when the City Council cut funding for his position, Arvay resigned before the project could come to fruition.

Davis drew a 1-inch scale layout of the mural and scaled each square inch up to a square foot on the building’s smooth stucco side.

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