Abingdon's first public mural is almost complete but the project's still $4,000 short of its final goal.
Abingdon Main Street will hold their last fundraising event Wednesday to hopefully receive the final funds they need.
The mural's artist, Ellen Elmes, plans to speak Wednesday at the event about her design and the painting process. Elmes has spent two years on the $25,000 project and she's hoping to have it complete within the next two or three weeks.
Executive Director of Abingdon Main Street, Susan Howard, tells News 5 with the extra $4,000 the money will allow them to install a sign at the mural site and also set up a phone line.
The phone line will allow visitors to hear a script for each of the mural's banners.
Howard says the project is a great art piece for downtown Abingdon.
"I think this is a really exciting project for Abingdon. You know, we're an arts community and we're all about history, and so this project kind of brings together that aspect of the character of Abingdon. I think it's a really great thing for downtown," says Howard.
Wednesday's reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and has been moved to the Arts Depot on Depot Square because of the rain.
You can still make a donation towards the mural. Those can be sent to:
Abingdon Main Street
P.O. Box 1231
Abingdon, VA 24212