Color adds to Downtown

Published 12:33 pm Friday, June 30, 2017

As we see it, practically anything added to Downtown Franklin can help the district become more of a draw to residents and visitors alike.

The new mural completed on Wednesday is the most recent example, and we think it looks great. The artists —  Mickael Broth and Ross Trimmer — each did an excellent job of highlighting some positive features of the area: shopping, fishing, kayaking, dancing and playing music.

Before either man put paint to the wall, the LOVEworks mural had its initial start through the partnership between the city and the state tourism department. We should reemphasize that the latter agency is directed by Rita McClenny, who is from Southampton County.

You can see it for yourself; the mural is at the Flood to Ceiling wall on Second Avenue. While you’re there, look around, shop, eat and don’t forget to have your picture taken. You’re more than welcome to share it at, as well as Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #LOVEVA #VisitFranklinSouthamptonVA.

If you’re interested to see other LOVEworks in the state, those can be seen at