The MCEAP Pet Mural Wall on 7 Roanoke Street featured dogs, cats, goats and ducks of donors, but the paint was peeling off. Next week, on a better-prepared wall, the mural will be begun again.

Last summer, the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, MCEAP, launched a fund-raising project in which pictures of donors’ pets were painted on the otherwise cheerless cinderblock wall on the courthouse parking lot side of 7 Roanoke Street.

On a brilliant grassy-green background, happy dogs ran, cats curled in trees, chickens and a brown goat floated under a navy blue sky. But last month, the mural was scrubbed from the building leaving only scraps of brilliant green and the tatters of blue.

“When we reviewed the wall in the spring,” said Matt Nottingham, MCEAP Pet Project Coordinator and member of the board, “we became aware that the mural was not sticking properly to the wall, and was starting to peel off in places.

So, rather than losing the mural to the elements, MCEAP decided to start over. Carefully documenting the pets on the wall, scouring the mural off the wall and starting again.

“We want to ensure the mural and the pets are a beautiful part of Christiansburg for many years to come,” Nottingham said in a letter explaining the mural’s fate.

“Stephanie Akers the original artist did a wonderful job getting and promoting all the donations we received.”

Akers is now pursuing a new career agenda and MCEAP will restart the mural next…

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