Although it had to temporarily close due to COVID-19, Fashion Exchange Women’s Upscale Resale in Little Rock has been collaborating with a local artist, Kristin Mccaslin, to create a fun, colorful mural on the side of the building.
Heather Rynders, owner of Fashion Exchange Women’s Upscale Resale, put out a call for artists on Facebook on March 25, to paint a 18-by-40 foot mural on the side.
The company recently moved to its location on Cantrell Road in October 2018. “I knew I wanted to add something colorful to make it stand out, but I didn’t know when. I was busy transitioning and running the store, so when things completely changed during the outbreak, I thought it would be the perfect time,” Rynders said.
Mccaslin, a kindergarten teacher at Don R. Roberts Elementary School and freelance artist, talked to Rynders about her vision for the mural. “[Rynders] wanted something that could make people happy as they drive down the street, especially during this time,” said Mccaslin.
Together, they came up with the idea to have four or five women of all shapes, sizes and colors on the wall that could speak to every woman. “I hope when people look at the women, they can connect to them in some type of way whether it be in a fashion sense or physical characteristic,” Mccaslin said.
Mccaslin has been working with her students and their parents remotely during the day to help them with online learning and then going to paint the mural in the afternoon and evening.
“Some of my students and their parents have driven by while I work on the mural, so it has been fun to be able to do something that will bring joy to the community,” Mccaslin said.
The mural should be completely finished this weekend.
“We are so thrilled about adding some beautiful color and positivity for those driving down Cantrell Road in such a difficult time,” Rynders said. “The response from the community has been amazing.”