More and more towns are creatively enlivening their outdoor spaces with murals — and what a wonderful trend! Strasburg VA, a sleepy but quaint town tucked into the Shenandoah Valley, about 75 miles west of Washington DC, offers eight lovely murals around town. Rich in beautiful views and history, Strasburg was founded in 1761 and was originally a German speaking farming town that became most well known for its ceramics industry. Now you can find antique stores, a few restaurants, and, of course, murals.
All of the murals are centered around Strasburg’s downtown, on Massanutten and King streets and were commissioned by Staufferstadt Arts, a non-profit organization formed in the fall of 2015.
|Untitled by Lula Goce, (2019) on King Street. Goce is based in Barcelona, Spain.
|Flourish by Gilf (2015), at 181 W. King St. The first installed in Strasburg, this mural was
designed and painted by Ann Lewis, known for her politically charged work on
public spaces. Can you see the word Flourish in this mural?
Poetry in Motion by Alice Mizrachi (2016) at 160 N. Massanutten St.
Alice Mizrachi is a contemporary artist and art professor in NYC.
Shenandoah by Over Under (2017), at 238 E. King St. This and the baby with an
elderly couple mural in the photograph below are displayed
side by side on the same building and were created by artist, Erik Burke.
|Shenandoah by Over Under (2017), at 238 E. King St. This and the blue river
mural in the photograph above are displayed side by side
on the same building and were created by artist, Erik Burke.
Interested in seeing these for yourself? Sign up for the upcoming Sip and Snack Mural Tour at https://www.strasburgva.com/econ-dev/page/sip-snack-mural-tour