STRASBURG — The first Staufferstadt Arts mural of 2019 is close to completion.
Artist Lula Goce of Baiona, Spain, worked on the ninth mural for the nonprofit art organization, located at Pot Town Organics. Daniel Stover, the co-founder of Staufferstadt Arts, said he reached out to Goce to see if she would do the mural.
“[Goce] responded and was really enthusiastic about the idea,” he said. “She’s a very busy artist and we’re happy she chose to join us on this project.”
Stover said the imagery of the mural is inspired by a photo that was pulled from the Hugh Morrison Jr. collection at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg.
“We sent [Goce] a lot of photos from that collection,” he said. “She chose this face because she liked the idea of referencing the original inhabitants of this area.”
Goce, who has been a lifelong artist, said it was important to pick out a recognizable image for the mural.
“It’s for the people,” she said. “I want to use things that are what people recognize in the area.”
Goce said one of the reasons she took the mural job is because it would give her a chance to interact with the residents of Strasburg.
“It gets me more near to the people,” she said. “You can speak to people and meet them. I really like that.”
Stover said he has been impressed with Goce’s work on the mural.
“She’s amazing,” he said. “She’s a master painter. I’ve really enjoyed watching this process and other people have, too. We’ve had a lot of people stop by and they’re just in awe of seeing this.”
Goce has enjoyed her time in Strasburg.
“It’s really nice,” she said. “It’s beautiful and it’s comfortable. The people are really friendly. This is a nice place for art.”
Goce said that she is really supportive of Staufferstadt Arts’ mission of bringing art to the people.
“[People] don’t go to galleries or museums,” she said. “I think that one of the main reasons for this type of art is to educate people. It generates positive energy in people who love art and it gives the people who don’t love art another reason to feel good about where they live. I think that’s really important to people.”
The mural will be unveiled during an event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today. There will be goods from Pot Town Organics, live musical entertainment, and a bouncy house.
“It should be a good time,” Stover said. “We’re trying a little bit of everything so everyone feels welcome to come out and have a good time.”