WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - An internationally renowned artist is already working on his mural for the upcoming Virginia Street Arts Festival in Waynesboro.

Nils Westergard says this is his largest painting to date and adorns the side of the old ice plant near Constitution Park. The painting is his fourth for Waynesboro and is expected to be done on Sunday. 

Other artists will create murals along Race Avenue over the weekend. The Virginia Street Arts Festival is this Saturday and Sunday.

10/01/2019 Press Release: Virginia Street Arts Festival returns to Waynesboro

Paint the town with the Virginia Street Arts Festival! Renowned muralists will be transforming Waynesboro's skyline, enlivening views from the South River Greenway, and celebrating art as a force of renewal. Attendance is free, and in walking distance of the Fall Foliage Art Show, occurring concurrently the weekend of October 12 and 13th. 

The festival this year will focus on the historic Ice Plant building in Waynesboro, adjacent to Constitution Park and visible from Main Street. Additional murals will be completed along Race Avenue, bringing energy and public art to an area of the City that’s been contemplated as the future home of the Blue Ridge Children’s Museum. 

Artists this year include Nils Westergard, an internationally renowned artist, whose work has been featured worldwide in spaces as diverse as London, Prague, Berlin, the Hague, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Likewise, Julia Chon’s murals have been featured in POW! WOW! DC on the Metropolitan Branch Trail and in the Pow!Wow!Korea mural festival. She is the founder and CEO of Kimchi Juice LLC and has been been recognized as a Teen Entrepreneur by Instagram. Having entered the art world at age 16, she takes inspiration from traditional Korean cultural symbols and seeks to unite the traditions of her grandparents with a contemporary aesthetic in her art. 

Muralists be painting throughout the Festival on Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th. They will be joined by Fire in the Belly and Old Dominion Performing Arts Studio dance troupes early Sunday afternoon for live performances. The Waynesboro City Library will hold a teen-focused event on the evening of Friday, October 11th with hands-on street art painting opportunities. 

The Virginia Street Arts Festival is sponsored and hosted by E-N Computers, who are joined this year by fellow sponsors Lowes, United Rentals, W. Lowrie and Jillian Tucker, Waynesboro Arts and Culture Initiative, Bloomaker, DuBose Egelston Jr., Wassenaar & Winkler Architects and Planners, Free Range Electric Tractor, and Staunton Makerspace. The Festival is still looking to raise several thousand dollars to cover equipment and mural costs. Interested donors and sponsors are encouraged to visit vastreetarts.com/give to make a pledge today.