New downtown mural underway
Some bright new colors are coming to downtown Marshalltown. A new mural is being painted on the walkway and main entrance of McGregor’s Mattress & Furniture.
The mural will give customers a walk down memory lane with important moments in McGregors’ history depicted. From the very beginning, to the expansion to multiple locations and more.
The chosen painter is Minnesota artist Jordyn Brennan — muralist, teacher, oil painter, and is pursuing her masters in fine arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She will finish the mural in time for the Fourth of July.
“My biggest joy in the mural making process is seeing the community come together and get excited about the project,” Brennan said. “More than anything, I love getting to set my paint brush aside and talk with community members. Hearing their stories and personal connections to the town inspires me every day and is why I continue to do what I do.”
While Brennan is painting, McGregor’s customers can enter the store by using the back entrance until Thursday.
McGregor’s experienced extensive damage as a result of the 2018 Marshalltown tornado and moved back into their newly renovated building in 2020. The mural integrates history of not only McGregor’s, but also Marshalltown and Iowa, while celebrating and paying tribute to the revitalization of downtown Marshalltown.
“We are proud to support the local art community,” said McGregor’s owner Erin McGregor. “We are very fortunate to have Jordyn paint our front entrance to showcase our history and celebrate the arts in Marshalltown. Come see the finished product July 4th.”
To see Brennan’s progress and the completed mural, follow the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Art enthusiasts can also follow Brennan on Instagram.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to continue muraling Marshalltown,” Alliance Executive Director Amber Danielson said. “We are so grateful for the support from our local businesses and building owners that share our vision and understand the critical role the arts play in economic development, tourism and community pride. This is one of many exciting mural projects we have in the works, stay tuned.”