A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

An Oklahoma City television station recently profiled a Sooner State muralist who's painted up to 4,000 murals during his career, including several on Route 66. Here's the profile of Bob Palmer from KFOR-TV. You can see one of his Route 66 murals in the segment: Dozens of his historic-themed murals can be seen here. You'll … Continue reading A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

The story behind the many graffiti murals at Mad Dog Liquor in Tulsa

For about 15 years, the Mad Dog Liquor store along Route 66 in east Tulsa has given a canvas to varying graffiti artists for their work. The Tulsa World talked to the store's owner, Jackie Dutton, who said the building originally was a drab gray but opened it up to local graffiti artists after gaining … Continue reading The story behind the many graffiti murals at Mad Dog Liquor in Tulsa

Murals in Cuba undergo a new preservation process

The city of Cuba, Missouri, is taking steps to protect its popular murals "for years to come" almost two decades after the first one was created. According to the Viva Cuba website, the city is using an Impact100 grant for the project: Involved since the inception, artist Shelly Smith Steiger is at it again. This … Continue reading Murals in Cuba undergo a new preservation process

New mural added to Yukon’s Best Flour mill in Yukon

A Costa Rican immigrant raised in Yukon, Oklahoma, recently completed a terrific-looking mural on the side of one of the buildings at the city's landmark Yukon's Best Flour mill elevator. Channel 9 in nearby Oklahoma City produced a video about the mural and its creator, Carlos Barboza. Here is more from the report: Barboza researched … Continue reading New mural added to Yukon’s Best Flour mill in Yukon

New Coca-Cola mural added to prominent building in Galena

A new, huge and vintage-style Coca-Cola mural, complete with a Route 66 shield, recently was painted onto a prominent building in downtown Galena, Kansas, where two Route 66 alignments meet. The century-old building sits at Kansas Route 66 (the newer alignment) and Main Street (aka old Route 66). A local television station recently reported about … Continue reading New Coca-Cola mural added to prominent building in Galena

Claremore adds first of many murals over six-year period

The city of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Claremore MainStreet recently finished the first of several murals that will be painted in downtown alleys. The first mural, painted by John Hammer, portrays Route 66, Oklahoma humorist Will Rogers and astronaut Stuart Roosa. Both grew up in Claremore. The city stated this about the mural program several weeks … Continue reading Claremore adds first of many murals over six-year period

Miami makes a festival out of adding murals

The Route 66 town of Miami, Oklahoma, added five murals to its downtown district over the weekend and produced a festival around it, to boot. Mural Fest 66 featured the work of five artists who used the walls of downtown buildings as their canvas. Most of the artists came from Oklahoma, but one hailed from … Continue reading Miami makes a festival out of adding murals

Mural of Cherokee Nation artisan dedicated in Vinita

Cherokee Nation and city officials on Tuesday dedicated a mural commemorating artisan Anna Belle Sixkiller Mitchell, known as a Cherokee National Treasure, in downtown Vinita, Oklahoma, along Route 66. Mitchell, who lived in Vinita, was designated as a Cherokee National Treasure in 1988 for reviving traditional pottery methods and sharing her skill with others, according to a news … Continue reading Mural of Cherokee Nation artisan dedicated in Vinita

Exporting the buzz of Route 66 to England

The Outside Collective, a London-based creative and illustration agency, last year helped create a huge Route 66 mural featuring several Illinois landmarks. I just now found out about it. The mural was at on the side of The Hat & Feathers pub on the corner of Clerkenwell and Goswell roads in London (map here). It was 52 … Continue reading Exporting the buzz of Route 66 to England

Museum unearths Red Chief Motel diner mural

A museum recently uncovered a nearly forgotten Native American-themed mural from the diner of the Red Chief Motel in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Officials at the Cooper Regional History Museum in nearby Upland, California, recently took the mural out of storage and put it on display. The Red Chief's owners donated the mural in 1979 when the motel was about to be … Continue reading Museum unearths Red Chief Motel diner mural