Downtown Moultrie Murals15 Jul, 2021
Downtown Moultrie’s Mural Project is now on display for all to see. Six murals are hanging on different buildings for you to enjoy and interact with. The four large murals were all painted by local artists. They were asked to capture their favorite scenes that make them think of South Georgia. The smallest two were created by Rio Davies. They were made specifically so people can interact with them. Below you will find a picture of each individual mural, where you can find it in Downtown Moultrie, and more details on who painted them.
Jean Eaton Gay – Gone Fishing! Celebrating Leisure in Our Community
Located on the side of the Je T’aime Event Center (125 South Main Street)
Jean Eaton Gay’s works consisting of oil paintings, sketches, ceramics, and three-dimensional designs have been shown at college galleries, cultural centers, competitive group exhibitions, and commercial galleries, receiving multiple awards. She has been awarded the Women in the Arts Award by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington D.C. In 2019, she was commissioned for the fourth time to design the annual Christmas ornament for the Downtown Moultrie Merchants Association.
Works by Jean have been presented in four solo exhibitions, most recently in 2018 at the Albany Area Arts Council’s Carnegie Library Gallery. On two occasions, her paintings were chosen to hang in the Georgia State Capital office of former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. In 2016, her breast cancer series “Survivorship, the Beginning of Courage” was shown in a medically-themed group exhibition alongside selected works by renowned Georgia artist Lamar Dodd.
Kim Mazzilli – Moo Moos look at You You
Located on the side of the former Citi Trends building (6 South Main Street)
Kim Mazzilli started her academic work in the Art and Design program at VCU in Richmond, Virginia; then finished her BA in Art Education at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and finally earned a MsEd in Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. After 15 years working in graphic arts, sign, and mural production, she taught art in the public school systems in Virginia and Florida and as an adjunct at Flagler College. Mazzilli retired to Moultrie with her husband Joe in 2015. They are now closer to their grandchildren and are enjoying the southern lifestyle very much. In her home studio, Mazzilli spends her time painting and hand-building ceramics. To see more of her work, visit www.kmazzilli.com.
Kathy Nelson – Hay Y’all
Located on the side of Canela’s (3 First Street SE)
Kathy Nelson serves as the lead art teacher for the Colquitt county arts center. She received her education in arts from Atlanta College of Art (now know as SCAD). As an artist she has received several awards and honors for her works and is collected across the country.
Rio Davies – Balloons in the Breezeway
Located in the Sportsman’s Breezeway
Rio Davies – Beautiful Butterflies
Located in the Sportsman’s Breezeway
South Georgia artist Rio Davies is not only an acrylic painter but also a cartoonist, illustrator, and tattoo artist. For 15 years, she tattooed in various studios across the east coast. She has painted murals on the outside and inside of many businesses in her years of painting, some even in the Bronx, NY. The style of her art is inspired mostly by old Disney cartoons and artists like Van Gogh. She is currently living in Norman Park, Georgia, raising her two boys and teaching workshops for acrylic paint and cartooning.
Lenny Flowers – Down on the Farm
Located on the side of Lazarus (10 First Street SE)
Thank you to the Colquitt County Art Center and local artists for helping us make our mural dream a reality!