• Joshua Morrison/News Artist Sterling Farley uses spray paint to create art on a cinder block covered window in Plum Alley.
  • Joshua Morrison/News A work in progress.
  • Joshua Morrison/News A completed panel.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The complete panels and door of artist Sterling Farley in Plum Alley in Mount Vernon on Monday, July 8, 2019.

MOUNT VERNON — Normally, when there is a new installation of art in the downtown, it comes either as a mural, sculpture or floral arrangement.

Now, graffiti/street art has been added to the mix.

Three years ago, Sterling Farley, at the time living in Columbus, had car trouble in Mount Vernon. While stranded, he fell in love with the city of Mount Vernon. He was able to find an apartment and a job, while trying to save up to fix his car.

“I love it here, it’s honestly been the best thing for me,” Farley said. “Get out of the city life and focus on myself.”

Last week, Farley was given the go-ahead by downtown business owner Larry Woolson to create pieces of art on the east side of 12 W. Vine St. The art appears on seven block covered windows and two doors along Plum Alley, between Main Street and Mulberry Street, in downtown Mount Vernon.

With no formal training, Farley loved to draw and used graffiti, he said with a laugh, as “a young juvenile delinquent.” Although spray paint can be an intimidating art form for some artists, Farley is in his comfort zone. “It’s what I feel most comfortable using, especially on a large palette of this nature,” Farley said.

He worked between work hours, at night — whenever he had a free moment.

The panels and doors have scenes of fun, vibrant colors and a general sense of amusement.

“At the end of the day I wanted to add some fun whimsical stuff that you really don’t have to think too much into. It’s just something for the kids, honestly. I want the kids to come back here and take pictures next to the googly eyes. It’s just fun,” Farley said.


Joshua Morrison: 740-397-5333 or admin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mvn_jmorrison




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