Artist Recruited For Gainesboro Mural

A Clay County muralist has been recruited to complete a mural here in Gainesboro as a part of promoting public art and a way to promote local tourism.

Artist Manuel Fuentes, 27, of Celina is not new to the mural scene having completed pieces for Clay County and several pieces spread through the Nashville area as well as Kentucky.

More recently, he has worked on murals in Livingston with one already completed.

Fuentes stated this particular project is special to him because it will help promote the regional area he holds dear to his heart.

“I was born in Mexico, but my hometown is Celina,” he stated. “This project is special to me because I grew up in the Upper Cumberland area and this area is special to me.”

Fuentes informed that it is his goal to have murals all over the region that promote the beauty of the Upper Cumberland area he holds near and dear to his heart.

The commissioned piece will be fully funded by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Jordan Hunter said the piece would incorporate major themes that are at the heart of Jackson County’s unique culture including the river, moonshine history and music.

“The river is a big piece of what makes us unique,” Hunter said. “At one point in history, we had 24 ports along the river.”

“It will have our branding in it in some shape or form,” he added. “We’d like for it to be a focal point for people to take pictures.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel.

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