Mural of Marceline, Mo., Painted by WWU Art Student

Sarah Williams, a senior art major at William Woods University, has painted a 12-foot mural of historic Marceline, Mo., to be hung in Marceline’s City Hall.


Williams, daughter of Jim and Kay Williams of Brookfield, Mo., painted her first mural last year for the Lexington Brewery restaurant in Lexington, Mo. That mural helped Williams in painting the Marceline mural.


“I learned a lot from my first mural I painted last year,” said Williams. “I was able to incorporate and build on that knowledge in this project. As with the last one, I stuck to the basics such as painting thin to thick and started out by blocking in the shapes and values.”


Williams completed this commissioned piece in an art 400 class called Continuation of Problems in Mural Painting II, instructed and supervised by Terry Martin, WWU professor of art.


“Professor Martin was once again a huge inspiration and help in this project,” said Williams. “He has much experience with painting murals and passed on many helpful tips.”


Williams was asked to incorporate some of Marceline’s rich history into the mural, such as its agricultural background and the coal mines that brought the Santa Fe Railroad through the area. Also important to Marceline’s history and included in the mural is Walsworth’s printing and publishing industry.


Marceline is perhaps best known as the childhood home of Walt Disney. In fact, Disney got his inspiration for Disney World’s Main Street USA from Marceline’s main street, so it is included in the mural, as well.