MBA To Erect 67 Foot Mural


Macomb Beautiful Association

Barb Knox – President

P. O. Box 183, Macomb, IL 61455


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, March 1, 2021


 (Macomb, IL) – To commemorate its 50th anniversary Macomb Beautiful Association (MBA) is planning a mural for the residents and visitors of the City of Macomb. The 67 x 12 foot mural, which will be displayed on the north wall of Gelsosomo’s Pizza at the intersection of Routes 67 & 136, is planned to be unveiled in June of 2022.

MBA president Barb Knox states, “To honor the hundreds of members and businesses of Macomb who have supported and championed our efforts for the past fifty years, the MBA wanted to say thank you in a visually spectacular way. So, in 2019, MBA members chose to present a mural, painted by WIU Art Department professor Bill Howard, as a gift to the community.” Knox added, “Jim and Amy Buwick then generously offered Gelsosomo’s as the site of the mural.”

“The response to the mural at the Old Dairy was so positive, it seemed natural to create another,” says the mural’s artist, Bill Howard. “I’m very excited and honored to design and complete this mural project for Macomb Beautiful Association. This group is very motivated to give Macomb a piece of public art we can all be proud of, and I believe we’ve come up with a concept that truly reflects the essence of our beautiful community and its many talented residents.” Howard concluded, “Though the scope of this project is challenging, its already proving to be very rewarding.”

Macomb Beautiful’s 50th Anniversary Committee is seeking donations for the project and is launching a fundraising campaign beginning March 1st. Macomb Beautiful Association was formed in 1972 for the sole purpose of improving the beauty of Macomb. The MBA 50th Anniversary Mural Project is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant from the Performing Arts Society. For those interested in donating, or would like more information about the project contact the Macomb Beautiful Association at P. O. Box 183, Macomb or

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