Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish. ~ President Lyndon B. Johnson
Through beautiful murals, Alva is revealing our self and our heritage. The murals in Alva share our history of the Land Run and POW Camp housing German NAZI soldiers. Murals pay tribute to events and early leaders that built Alva. The murals salute our agriculture heritage and past times of hunting and racing cars. The murals also show our pride of the Goldbugs and Rangers.
Following the vision of Fred and Betty Wenninger and Wayne and Beverly Kinzie, one or two murals have been added to building facades and with more than 30 murals, Alva has become the Mural Capital of Oklahoma. (And while Oklahoma City has more murals, they’ve stolen one capital, we won’t let them steal this capital.)
Admittedly, we have a way to go before we catch the mural capital of the world – Philadelphia – with a remarkable 4,000 murals!
Alva doesn’t have the largest mural. That belongs to Pueblo.
The tallest mural? Shreveport’s 14-story Once in a Millinneium Moon.
And while we haven’t made national lists of best cities to see street art (let alone international lists,) we’re proud of our growing exhibition. The most recent murals – Bass Reeves and Harvest Cook Shack both painted by Don Gray.
What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~ John Updike
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. ~ Jerzy Korinski
Whether you come only to Alva or make us a part of an Oklahoma mural tour, we offer you art and space, and we hope to evoke breathing room for your spirit when you visit. Hope to see you soon.
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