Mural marks Wake Forest’s sweet spot

Dennis Gaither and Lisa Gaither work on the mural being painted at the corner of Elm and White Street. Commissioned by the Town of Wake Forest, the mural will say “Life is sweet in Downtown Wake Forest.” WSJ PHOTO | JAY LAMM

BY JAY LAMM | WSJ30.com

The corner of Elm and White is Wake Forest’s sweet spot. 

A mural claiming “Life is Sweet in Downtown Wake Forest” is being painted on the wall of the Sweeties Candy Shop by area muralist Lisa Gaither. 

The bright multi-colored art piece is taking shape. 

Gaither and her helper, Dennis Gaither, were working Sunday afternoon filling in the background. 

“Monday I may project the main design onto the wall or if the weather doesn’t cooperate, I may sketch it in by hand, said Lisa. 

The Town of Wake Forest commissioned the mural. 

“My work with the town started with two murals, but one of them hit a snag,” said the artist. “There was a lot of back and forth on this design. Changes, questions, changes, then approval.” 

The design features “Life is Sweet in Downtown Wake Forest” written across the wall, with pieces of candy, stars, circles, spirals and other shapes in the background. Bright greens, pinks, yellows and blues are used throughout the piece. 

Gaither has murals across the Triangle area with art painted on the walls of Crabtree Valley Mall, Marbles, Glenwood South and Prime BBQ. 

There is no timetable for completion. 

“If the weather holds and doesn’t get too cold or damp, it should be ready soon.”

Proposed finished design.
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