PRESCOTT, AZ (October 16, 2019) – Depot Marketplace is putting paint to wall November 1st – 8th in a vibrant mural that honors Prescott’s railway history while creating an Instagram-worthy space in the premier downtown shopping destination.
Depot Marketplace is a vital, historically significant and commercially important retail and business center. With the new murals, located in the outdoor space between Sprouts and AAA, Depot Marketplace is creating an experience for customers, pedestrians, and tourists to take part in. Not only does one learn about Prescott, but they have the perfect social media photo opportunity to document it.
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“Mural artist and visual storyteller, Lila Gemellos, is a leading placemaking artist and we are elated to bring her vision and talent to Depot Marketplace,” said Dan Frederikson of AZ Commercial.
The mural featuring an ode to the Santa Fe railway and train depot along with an illustration of iconic local scenery including the Prescott Dells will cover two walls, the ceiling, and even roll out onto the floor. The new community space will also include updated seating and lighting to enhance the customer experience during their trip to Depot Marketplace.
“Placemaking projects create real engagement. Interactive murals are the future of the craft, but placemaking is the future of culture,” said Gemellos who has been involved in painting over 15,000 square feet of murals ranging from public schools to shopping districts.
We invite patrons to grab a coffee or sandwich and watch the artist in action live throughout the week. Progress will also be documented on Instagram @DepotMarketplace.
The historic Santa Fe Depot, which borders Depot Marketplace on E Sheldon Street, has been a focal point for Prescott since the early 1900s, whether in sending or receiving men back from war, greeting visiting dignitaries, or simply in conducting the daily business of the town. The surrounding area was also affected, spawning various railroad support facilities, worker’s housing and other functions to serve the needs of the trains. With few exceptions, most of these are now gone, including the rails themselves. The Depot building at today’s Depot Marketplace remains as the largest and most significant symbol of an era when roads were few and much of the livelihood of early Prescott depended upon what came and went through the portals of the Santa Fe Depot. This mural will serve as a timeless reminder of that rich history and further bring the community together in a space that has done so for 100s of years
Depot Marketplace is located at 100 E Sheldon Street in Prescott, AZ.
About Depot Marketplace
Located at the corner of Sheldon and Montezuma in downtown Prescott, just two blocks from the historic courthouse square, Depot Marketplace resides on one of the busiest intersections in the city. It is the only grocery-anchored center in Downtown Prescott and serves the retail, dining, and service needs of the downtown residents and visitors year-round. The center includes over 120,000 square feet of retail space and is home to nearly 30 tenants including Sprouts, Walgreens, Staples, Stratos Wealth Partners, Starbucks, Chipotle, Cost Cutters, Massage Envy, Panda Express, Swirl-N-Top, Streets of New York, Cost Cutters, AAA and more.
To learn more visit depotmarketplaceprescott.com or follow social media at: Facebook: Depot Marketplace Instagram: @DepotMarketplace #DepotMarketplace About the Artist: Lila Gemellos After studying Oil Painting at the University of California, Riverside, Lila Gemellos found rejection in the narrow Arts scene in 2004. Instead, she began a career in commercial real estate and property management. When her industry was downsized during the economic downturn, Gemellos confronted adversity by relying on her artistic talents to make ends meet. Gemellos’s first creative endeavor was selling skateboard shoes with custom artwork. She brings those experiences, along with due diligence, careful research and whimsical inspirations to her art. Her work is well known throughout California and Gemellos looks to take her inspired narratives to the public art scene all over the country. Follow Gemellos on Instagram @gemellosmurals.