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The Art House Selfie Wall
Local Artists Add Life to Downtown During Pandemic

by Cody Moore, Photography by Cody Moore and Submitted

A collective art project in Downtown Jonesboro is providing a way for people to explore new art and connect during a time of isolation.

Art House, an art gallery and event space in Downtown Jonesboro, unveiled its Art House Selfie Wall last month. A creative project that was completed by five local artists in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the wall features five works of art that can serve as a colorful background for photos while adding new life to the area.

Angie Jones, a local artist and owner of Art House, was in charge of finding artists to assist her in painting a live mural during this year’s Oasis Arts & Eats Fest, an annual Downtown Jonesboro arts festival hosted by The Foundation of Arts, Downtown Jonesboro Alliance, Jonesboro Radio Group, The Solutions Group, NEA Artist Collective and A-State Art + Design.

“In preparation for Oasis, I was assigned to provide live demonstrations by artists,” said Jones. “I thought a mural project would be perfect for this, as it also adds beauty to downtown that would be enjoyed long after the festival.”

Due to the global pandemic, the Oasis Arts & Eats Fest that was slated for early May was canceled. Jones had already enlisted local artists Braden Walls and Beau Jones to help come up with a concept for the live mural since both artists have experience in painting large-scale murals.

“Braden and Beau are responsible for the interactive selfie wall concept,” said Jones. “Once we were given permission to use Mr. Skip Mooney’s wall downtown, we measured the space and decided to ask two additional artists to participate in the official selfie wall project.”

Local artists Shannon Lamb and Matt Ball both agreed to participate in what is now known as the Art House Selfie Wall project. For this project, each artist involved was to create a mural design that would fit the dimensions of a picture-perfect selfie while also showing off their artistic abilities.

Though the Oasis Arts & Eats Fest was canceled, Jones and the four other participating artists, collectively known as The Mural Squad, decided that it was still important to complete the planned murals for the selfie wall.

“The Mural Squad felt it was very important, maybe more so than before, to continue the murals,” said Jones. “We completed them last month during the pandemic hoping to improve morale, give people something to do while social distancing and (for) something to look forward to in the future when life is a bit more normal. We also hope this will give Downtown Jonesboro another added attraction.”

Art House recently announced that it was looking to expand the selfie wall with three more interactive murals due to the positive response from the Jonesboro community.

“We have been overwhelmed with the response,” said Jones. “Any given day, there is someone at the Art House Selfie Wall taking pictures. It could not have happened at a better time.”

Local artists interested in applying to be one of the three artists who adds his or her own mural design to the Art House Selfie Wall can apply at arthousedowntown.com. The deadline to apply is July 15. The community can visit the Art House Selfie Wall on the corner of Main Street and Monroe Avenue in Downtown Jonesboro.

Angie Jones
Instagram: @angelafordjones and @arthousedowntown
Facebook: Art House Downtown
Website: arthousedowntown.com


What was the inspiration behind your selfie wall mural? I wanted to create a simple backdrop for couples to take pictures on date nights, special occasions or even a proposal scene.

How long did it take for you to complete your mural? It took a few days once I landed on the exact design and picked my paint colors. My mural design is very simple. Being the first mural I attempted, I did not want to complicate things and then regret it.

How was your experience participating in the selfie wall project? So much fun. I learned so much from Braden, Beau, Matt and Shannon. They have been a great team of artists to work with.

What is the most rewarding part of having your mural in Downtown Jonesboro? Getting to seeing others constantly enjoy and appreciate it.

Braden Walls
Instagram: @agramofbraden
Facebook: @artbybwalls
Website: readytoflyapparel.com

What was the inspiration behind your selfie wall mural? At first, I wanted to promote my clothing brand, Ready to Fly, in which my logo is a cherub. But then it somehow turned into more of a cupid attack of love, allowing me to still be able to incorporate my logo. I’ve wanted to do a sky mural for quite some time now and also just wanted to do something a little different but recognizable.

How long did it take for you to complete your mural? It took me about 10 hours total to complete.

How was your experience participating in the selfie wall project? It was awesome – people stopping by to give compliments and taking photos. … Being out there with the other artists and all of us painting at the same time was great, too.

What was the hardest part of painting your mural? The cherubs, for sure. I’ve stepped away from painting realistically in my art, so even though it was cool to bring it out again, it wasn’t easy.

Shannon Lamb
Instagram: @shann.lamb
Website: shannlamb.com

What was the inspiration behind your selfie wall mural? I really wanted to incorporate my hopes for the future of the Northeast Arkansas art scene. I included the Greek muses to symbolize the importance and inspiration of all art forms. The red portion of the painting is symbolic of the red string of fate which normally signifies a tie between soulmates, but I wanted to incorporate it as a tie between the artistic disciplines and the community. The central white umbrella was incorporated to serve as a safe place for people to be as they watch the world change.

How long did it take for you to complete your mural? The actual sketching process was probably around six to eight hours. I did think to clock the actual painting process, and it took right at 40 hours to paint.

How was your experience participating in the selfie wall project? It was great. I get the opportunity to show my art to the community in a very viewable location. I also got to try something new and challenge myself, which was my whole goal for 2020.

What is the most rewarding part of having your mural in Downtown Jonesboro? Since I was the last one done, I was still painting when people started showing up to take photos with the other four murals. After social distancing and the tornado, it was really great to just listen to people giggle at each other. The murals have brought an element of fun that I think everyone has needed.


Beau Jones
Instagram: @beautox_art
Facebook: Beautox Art
Website: beautoxart.com

What was the inspiration behind your selfie wall mural? I wanted to take one of my signature lip pieces and evolve it into a mural so that the public could enjoy it at any time. I’ve always had a vision for this mural, and I am glad it has gotten to come to life.

How long did it take for you to complete your mural? It took me about three hours to fully complete.

How was your experience participating in the selfie wall project?
It was amazing. I loved working alongside the four other artists on this project, and I truly appreciate any opportunity that I get that brings more of the arts into the community.

Is this the first mural you’ve done? No, this is actually my second mural in Downtown Jonesboro. I also do in-home murals for several of my clients.

Matt Ball
Instagram: @mattheweball
YouTube: Matt E. Ball
Website: matteball.com

What was the inspiration behind your selfie wall mural? Most everyone loves a butterfly. A butterfly is like a sunset; everyone thinks it’s beautiful.

How long did it take for you to complete your mural? About 25 hours.

How was your experience participating in the selfie wall project? It was a great experience. Everyone involved was fantastic, and, of course, it is always nice to interact with other artists.

What is the most rewarding part of having your mural in Downtown Jonesboro? I would say having the mural enjoyed by the public now and for many years to come. Downtown Jonesboro is a gem, and I am happy to be a part of its charm.