ELIZABETHTON — An artist often sees things more clearly than others. Artist John Moore sees a growing appreciation for art in Elizabethton.
“People are getting excited (about art) and that is what is so fulfilling,” Moore said. The artist has traveled throughout the United States in his work, but he has found a place he likes in Elizabethton.
“I am just really impressed with the people,” Moore said.
Moore is a painter of murals. He has painted well over 100 murals all around the country. His biggest project was a world record largest mural of an American flag he painted in Delano, Calif., as a show of support when the nation first invaded Iraq.
The flag was painted on a bridge and the project took more than 1,100 gallons of paint and Moore needed three weeks to complete it.
Compared to that, the mural Moore is painting on the wall of the East Tennessee Ballet Academy at 312 E. Elk Ave. is rather modest. It will feature several silhouettes of dancers in classical poses.
Watching Moore at work makes it obvious he has plenty of experience. He even makes his own ladders, made out of lumber that is quite a bit wider and with longer distances between rungs. The rungs are not placed for ease of climbing but for best supporting his legs as he paints. He also builds his own scaffolds for bigger projects.
Artists have used many different forms to express their creativity. Moore said he has chosen to work as a muralist because it is the form that allows him “to express love on a grander scale.”
While the mural is a small project by Moore’s standards, he takes it very seriously. He considers it important for many reasons, especially since it is located in the downtown historic district.
It is just one of many art events that are taking place in November and the coming months.
In recognition of the efforts, the month of November is being proclaimed “Visual and Fine Arts Appreciation Month” in Elizabethton.
One of the first events of the month will be a an art exhibit at the Carter at Main Restaurant this weekend. The show will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Moore said 45 artists will participate.
Moore said the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library will observe the month by displaying art books and art works. The library has also become the location of art classes and lessons for the past six months.
On a longer range, Moore said area artists are attempting to turn the old Magic Mart building on West Elk Avenue into an arts center.
With so much going on, it appears that many local artists are working on a grander scale these days.