Contact: Lisa McIntosh, Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2023
Local Creates Three New Murals for the Town of Rolesville
Raleigh, NC – United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County in partnership with the town of Rolesville and Ting Internet will unveil their newest set of murals later this month, as a part of their Wake Murals program. Local artist Gabriel Eng- Goetz was selected to create three murals in downtown Rolesville at the Town Hall, Main Street Park, and the Privette Insurance building.
After earning his BFA from Syracuse University, Gabriel returned to Durham, where he was born and raised, to be a part of the artistic scene in the Triangle. His vibrant, bold, and colorful murals are inspired by each community to create meaningful representations of their history and the story they want to tell everyone who visits.
In Rolesville, Gabriel combined the feedback from the community along with his own research and experiences in Rolesville and presented three concepts to explore the town’s strong connection to nature, rich farming history, and the cultural result. For example, the Town Hall location features a batch of blooming tobacco plants, a crop that helped fuel the local economy for generations.
“Staying true to the descriptions, opinions, and requests from the people of Rolesville is my primary goal for this project and I am grateful to have been met with open arms and open minds,” Gabriel explained.
In the buildup to the unveiling of Gabriel’s latest murals in Rolesville, United Arts is encouraging everyone to visit five of his murals in the Raleigh area.
When you find one of his murals, be sure to post a selfie using the #GabeGetsWakeArts hashtag, and tag @UnitedArtsWake and @GabeGets on Instagram. Everyone who posts and tags their mural selfies between now and October 27th will be entered into a drawing.
The murals include:
Dix Conservancy Mural
Between West and Morgan Streets
415 Hillsborough Street
Hurricanes Playoff Mural
Gale and Cabarrus Streets
436 S. Salisbury Street
Railroad Murals in Glenwood South
503 West Johnson Street (next to Hampton Inn)
Rain Garden Mural
Next to Zaxby’s at 901 Hillsborough Street
And his newest mural at Raleigh Ironworks at 1101 East Whitaker Mill Road. The mural reflects the industrial history of the property and features a female iron welder. The mural spans seven stories facing Atlantic Avenue.
The Wake Murals program at United Arts works with municipalities in Wake County to commission new murals that create a sense of place and belonging. Their existing murals in seven towns have added cultural and artistic vibrancy to our region. Their newest collaboration with Rolesville is supported by Ting as a corporate sponsor.