South Carolina artist paints mural for new Headland community center

Published: May. 20, 2023 at 8:50 PM CDT
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HEADLAND, Ala. (WTVY) - Ija Charles, a self-taught artist out of South Carolina was commissioned by Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church to paint a mural for their new community center.

Charles credits her own community for who she is today and says she is honored to be painting this mural for a center that will help the community.

“That hit home for me because I am from a small town and even being in another state, I am able to give that same positive aspect to another area so they can grow and be something greater,” Charles said. “I am truly honored to even be a part of that.”

The community center itself is still under construction but it will feature a barbershop, a gym, a tutoring center, and GED training.

Charles has done over 8 murals with two being in Alabama.

She says she enjoys making depictions of joy on a large scale such as a mural.

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