A large color mural will soon be the new backdrop of the Sherman Farmer’s Market.
“We think the mural will really add to the scenery and bring a new sense of pride to the market,” said market managers Bryan and Angela Wilson. “We’re hoping to drive traffic to the market, beautify downtown and highlight local artists in what they do.”
The mural is set to fill a white wall on the south side of Goodyear-Sherman Tire and Service and will overlook the market’s staging area and parking lot, located at S. Crockett Street and W. Houston Street. Area artist and interior decorator Heather Shields said she collaborated with the Wilsons and personal friends on the look of the mural, which will include an antique pickup filled with produce, signage and market hours.
“First, we talked about an old truck, then it became packed with veggies,” Shields said. “Then we started thinking about extra-large text and really just trying to find ways to grab people’s eye and get the community down here.”
Bryan Wilson said the market has been up and running for several years, but only settled into its current site in 2018. He said he pitched the mural project to city officials who were receptive to the idea and pledged $1,000 of grant money. The Farmer’s Market is expected to contribute $500 to the project.
Goodyear-Sherman Store Manager Jon Kinkade said he has worked with the farmer’s market in the past, supplying vendors with electrical connections and restroom access, so he was was happy to donate the wall space and a scissor lift in support of the project.
“I’ve always been a big fan of street art or public art,” Kinkade said. “I don’t know if that’s exactly how to refer to it, but I just think anything like that mural makes the town so much more unique.”
As a thank-you to the business, Shields said she intends to paint a set of Goodyear’s classic whitewall tires on the pictured pickup.
Shields got her start painting murals in Austin and has completed other public works in Sherman, including the chalk walk at Arts Fest and a pair of wings painted along Wall Street. She said the Farmer’s Market project will be her first mural since becoming a mother last year.
“I’ve always done it as a side hustle, and I really enjoy it,” Shields said. “My husband used to be able to help me, but then we had a baby, who’s now a one-year old. So, this is really my first mural since him, and I’m flyin’ solo.”
Shields said she hopes to finish the mural in the coming weeks and that the public will be drawn in by the combination of fresh food and art.
“I dig a farmer’s market, wherever I’ve been,” Shields said. “And there’s nothing wrong with putting some paint on the wall and making it look a little better.”
The Sherman Farmer’s Market is held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For additional information visit the Sherman Farmer’s Market Facebook page or call 817-371-3666.
Drew Smith is a reporter for the Herald Democrat. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.