On Saturday morning two men driving a small, white truck stopped outside of the Virgin Gorda Recreation Grounds and stared out the driver’s-side window. They talked amongst themselves as they continued to drive slowly, looking intently at Mace Marx, a blonde woman standing on the sidewalk with several paintbrushes in her hand.
“Looking good,” the driver shouted out the window.
“Thank you,” responded Ms. Marx, who had a streak of turquoise paint on her cheek.
“You are really doing a great job,” the driver added.
The two men were impressed with the colourful murals that Ms. Marx had been painting during the past eight days on a portion of the concrete wall that lines the VG Recreation Grounds.
Two-thirds of the wall has been covered in murals for years, but a recently added section about 100 feet long was bare. Now, it has depictions of The Baths, political leaders, and scenes of cultural significance.
Ms. Marx, a former VG resident who now lives in Jamaica, volunteered to paint the wall for free in exchange for transportation and accommodation sourced by the community group Voices of Interest Concerning Economic and Social Stability (VOICESS). Additionally, several businesses made donations of supplies or services.
See the April 17, 2014 edition for full coverage.