IN THE NEWS
March 29, 2018
Gloucester artist, Lawrence Hollingsworth, was recently called on to restore 1963 mural.
Written by Charlie Koenig, editor for the Gazette Journal
Information about the original mural artist, Wilson Hibble, from a 1975 article in the Danville Bee
Hibble's life has been unusual, spent in a way he calls "just living the way I want to live." Once an artist for an outdoor advertising firm located in New York, Hibble now resides at Hope Harbor, the little house at 1021 Main St. that helps persons kick the habit of taking in too much strong drink on too- regular a basis. Kibble's position with the advertising agency was what he calls "an idea man." If you've seen billboards by the roadside with bread advertisements or the shoe advertisements, you know the sort of work Hibble involved himself in for 15 years. "I'd sit in the office trying to figure out how to place a pair of shoes on a setting to get the right effect." he said of his work. "It was a good job paid really well -- but I got to thinking about myself and what 1 wasn't doing. So I quit.' He came to Pittsylvania County and eventually Hope Harbor, by a circuitous route that took him across the county. He would paint a little here and there, sell his work along the way to cover his travel expense. He landed in Pittsylvania County while scouring the South for work.