Art Business

Artist uses passion and paint to promote Muscatine’s downtown business

Chris Anderson, left and Meghan Summit, owner of The Wild Thing vintage vendor co-op, talk about the sign Anderson painted for the store with each letter revealing a little about the store and Muscatine. Anderson recently touched up his mural at — by adding details and bright colors. Over the summer, Anderson plans to paint a mural on 2nd Street downtown businesses. He said there’s just something about a fresh coat of paint. The image, like two of Anderson’s other murals, will feature a landmark and icon of Muscatine’s history: the Mississippi River. He said he was inspired by former Muscatine resident and author Mark Twain’s description of Huck Finn traveling on the river in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." But his concept is just that. For about a year, Anderson and Summitt have been discussing ways Anderson’s art can bring more people downtown. Summitt said as a small business owner among internet shopping and big box stores, "there’s a lot stacked against you." This past harsh winter was hard on area small businesses, she said, and a couple have closed. She wanted a way to catch the eye of drivers who would typically drive past her shop, The […]

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