Local artist recreating memories of old Mayfield

Born to be an artist, Rudy Holmes says he’s been drawing on walls since he was old enough to hold a crayon.

"I’ve been an artist my entire life," says Holmes.

The project he’s working on now happens to be one that’s close to his heart: a mural called "Memories of Old Mayfield," the Kentucky city where Holmes grew up.

"Seeing it change and so much of it disappearing, it was important to me to see at least a little bit of it, a little nostalgia hang on," says Holmes.

It features several buildings that were once part of the city’s landscape —familiar structures like J.J. Newberry Company, Mayfield High School, the Princess Theater, Mayfield Rail Road Depot and J.C. Penny’s.

"Hopefully, people that were here 40, 50, 60, 70 years ago will see them and it will bring back memories for them," says Holmes.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then you could say a mural is worth a thousand memories.

"Oh, definitely," says Holmes. "Probably a million."

Even Holmes has some of his own.

"Some of the places that were important to me when I was growing up," Holmes says are included, like the old Mayfield High School, where Holmes attended, the J.C. Penny’s where he shopped with his family and the Princess Theater, where he and others saw countless shows.

They’re memories of the community he hopes will live on for generations to come.

The mural is on the west side of the Good News Shoppe building at the corner of 7th and South streets.

The mural itself was actually painted on a separate canvas and then attached to the building. So, if the building ever comes down, Holmes says the mural can be preserved.

He hopes to have the entire thing completed by early next week.

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