Union Point Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program (UPDDA)

We were fortunate to be the invitational recipient of the 2011 Georgia Council for the Arts (Office of the Governor) and the National Endowment for the Arts $1,000 "Grassroots Invitational" matching grant. No other Greene County organization received this grant.

To continue beautifying downtown Union Point and using Athens public art projects as a model, we chose to start our  public art project highlighting:
  • our own unique history and background
  • can be enjoyed by children and families and
  • will continue beautifying downtown Union Point.
Watch out Athens, you have your painted "Dawgs", but we will have our painted "Locomotive"...

Here is how she looked when she arrived...

Fiberglass locomotive: 58" long X 55" high (top of smokestack) X 28" wide

As required by the grant,local artists Jan Whyllson and Anne Jenkins started changing our "Plain Jane" white fiberglass locomotive into a true work of art...

Anne Jenkins finishing blue undercoat(SKY)

Anne Jenkins and Jan Whyllson start adding LADYBUGS. Chosen because Union Point is the "unofficial" second oldest Garden Club in the United States.

Jan looks confused while finishing the LADYBUGS.
Anne painted the FIREFLY. Chosen because we are the southern terminus of the being created 39 mile Union Point to Athens Rail-to-Trail program called "The Firefly Trail". Named after the first locomotive to run on this line. Please click on our "Mural" tab for full information.

SUNFLOWERS are added as part of the Garden Club theme.
represent the plants growing around the "Buffalo Lick" where Native Americans hunted buffalo.

Jan puts the finishing touches on the "UP WP LINE" sign and railroad tracks. "UP" stands for "Union Point". "WP" stands for "White Plains".
This was one of the original railroad lines into Union Point and the source a popular song. Please click on this "Mural" tab for details.

SUNFLOWERS are added while Jamie (the dog) supervises.

Anne starts painting historic SIBLEY Avenue which is at the heart of our National Historic District.

SIBLEY Avenue is completed and the AMERICAN Flag is added.

Jan adds detail to the GREEN FERNS.

TAH DAH !!!!!

Here she is...the finished painted locomotive. Thank you Jan and Anne for doing such an imaginative, colorful, representative piece of art for Union Point in such a short time. Thank you very much..

But the project is not over yet. Next we will install it in the "City Park" on Lamb Avenue (opposite "Rutherford's Florist)...

Stay tuned for updates to see how it finally looks.

Thank You.