City Bulletin
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Statesville’s Historic City Hall building is home to one of the area’s most famous paintings – a mural, painted in 1964-65, representative of the community’s economy and its philosophy. 

It was painted by artist Frans van Bergen, who had come to Statesville eight years earlier as a designer for Laws Stained Glass Company. Van Bergen said he wanted to do something for the City and offered to paint a mural showing how agriculture and industry work together with the aid of schools, churches and other cultural institutions make Statesville “the ideal community”.

This mural and dozens of other pieces of van Bergen’s art will be on display Sept. 13-14, 2013 throughout City Hall as part of the Downtown Art Crawl. 

In 1965, the cost of the mural ($10,000) was paid for by local sponsors and, in return, pictures of the buildings of many of these businesses and churches are in the mural: Hunt Manufacturing, J.C. Steele & Sons, Kewaunee Scientific, Southern Screw Co., Garrison Machinery Co., Statesville Broadcasting Co., Sherrill Lumber Co., NCNB, Rubbermaid, Statesville Chamber of Commerce, St. John’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Pius X Catholic Church, Broad St. Methodist Church and Congregation Emanuel Temple.

Van Bergen was born in the Netherlands in 1913.  His complete biography can be seen on-line at www.vanbergenstudios.com.  He and his family moved to the United States in 1956, arriving in Statesville several years later.  In Statesville, van Bergen painted and designed stained glass windows, taught art classes and left his legacy in many private collections as well as on the walls of City Hall, Mitchell Community College Library, the former Statesville City Club (painting is now housed in the Iredell County Library) and the old Davis Hospital.  Other murals and paintings can be found throughout the country.

The City of Statesville is proud to host the first exhibit of van Bergen’s art in more than 40 years.  The public is invited to attend this outstanding event on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 3-6 p.m. 

Call 704-878-3586 for more information.  The event is free and open to the public. 

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Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
704-878-3586
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