“There’s a strong sense of fellowship, history and art in the town of Cornelius. What better way to uplift the community than to immortalize the town historian with a mural dedicated to him. Give back to the man who has documented the town’s growth over the decades while bringing a little color to Catawba Ave. As the project began to unfold, we received immense positive feedback from the residents. If Justin and I were able to turn plywood into an intense visual statement that embodies the heart of Cornelius, then imagine what can be done by others in the community. With the help of the CCAG and artists like Justin Christenbery, Brant Waldeck and unwavering support of Case and Bella Love, we can bring attention to the tenacious spirit of the artists and visionaries that sculpt the landscape of our community.” — Maguerico “Rico” Nye
Fittingly, historian Conard lives in a historic home in Old Town, the front of which was built in the early 1900s and the back of which was built by Conard himself, using an eclectic mix of salvaged supplies, like the stained glass windows from old churches and bars.