Iconic Elbe’s Building to Get a New Mural

by MCS Staff

Per the Wheaton Arts Parade: Thanks to a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council’s “Public Art Across Maryland” program, Wheaton Arts Parade (WAP) has started planning Wheaton’s next mural. The site for the mural is the west wall of Elbe’s Beer & Wine store on University Blvd near the intersection with Grandview Ave.

Elbe’s has been family owned since 1951 when it was established as a neighborhood grocery by Willie and Miriam Bobrow. The beer and wine store is now managed by their sons Andy and Jeff. WAP will convene a public meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 4pm to present the project to the community and solicit ideas for possible themes for the mural.

In February, WAP will issue a call to artists to submit their designs and qualifications to undertake the project. The call to artists will offer a $1,000 honorarium to each of the 3 finalists who are selected. Applicants will have one month to apply and applications will be ranked by an advisory committee. The finalists’ proposals will be presented to the public and the community will have an opportunity to submit their preferences.

Join us on Tuesday to hear more details about the mural project. If you are not able to attend, you will be able to follow the project’s progress on our website. There will be a second public meeting in February. Meeting Location: Wheaton Urban District office, 2425 Reedie Dr., 2nd Floor.

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