In 2008, ten artists and organizations worked together to create “Home Is Where the Art Is.” This beautiful mural stretches across the entire back (south) side of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore building at 301 Piedmont Road in Charleston.
Prior to the installation of the mural, the back of the building was covered in graffiti and the mismatched paint city workers use to cover graffiti. Local artist, Andy King, suggested that the installation of a mural by a local artist might deter graffiti artists from tagging the wall. Boy, he was right! Not one tag has been placed on building since it was installed seven years ago.
Sherwin Williams sponsored the project by donating primer and background paint. The Charleston Job Corp prepped, primed and painted the background as a free service to Habitat for Humanity and the community. The nine “houses” were assigned to different artists and art organizations.
The “Home is…” Artists
- Andy King created the first house using spray paint. He showed how Habitat for Humanity’s program can help people move from sub-standard housing into the light of home ownership.
- Beloved artist Charly Jupiter Hamilton did the second house which contains a little meditation in the lower left corner.
- Kelly Osborn-Huffman painted the third house to look like a xylophone. But, if you look closely, it is actually a row of Habitat for Humanity houses.
- Amanda Miller chose to represent all the tools that go into housebuilding in the fourth house, and her design won her first price in the community contest.
- Rick Goosman patiently directed a group of children from the End End After School Step-by-Step program while painting the fifth house.
- Mark Wolfe, a local graphic designer, painted house number six.
- House seven was done by Amy Williams. Amy’s house captures the international work of Habitat for Humanity.
- The advanced art class at Charleston Catholic, led by Rebecca Recco, used Keith Haring’s art as inspiration for house number eight.
- Dane Klingaman showcased the ReStore’s recycling mission in the final house, and he even painted a rain barrel to represent our strong dedication to storm water management.
The blazing sun and harsh weather are not kind to the ReStore’s mural. In 2015 it is in need of a little love and attention, and we knew just the man for the job.
Jesse Corlis spent a big part of his summer touching up the mural and resealing the entire surface. ReStore shoppers may remember, Jesse painted the ReStore logo behind the new cash register area.
Jesse also has experience with artwork restoration and preservation, and his work can be seen in Pies and Pints of Charleston. He carefully preserved the uncovered elephant mural which went on to become a major component of the Pies and Pints logo.
Click here to download the Charleston, WV Public Art Guide, which contains our mural.
Charleston Catholic Art Class
The Charleston Job Corp prepped and painted the background.
Andy King, the inspiration for Home Is Where the Art Is.
Jesse Corlis restoring the the ReStore’s mural.
Home Is Where the Art Is