Safford Downtown Mural Project to close with a community painting event

Artist Brandt Woods puts the finishing touches on his 27th mural in the Safford Downtown Mural Project, a field of cotton bolls on the wall of Smith and Taylor Automotive. To complete the project, he's inviting the public to take part in a Community Mural Event March 24-25 at Austin's Auto Advantage. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Brandt Woods’ 2021 plan was to paint 31 murals in 31 days, in order to introduce more color into Safford’s Downtown.

“I love how optimistic that version of me was,” Woods said.

Almost two years later, with 27 murals completed, he’s ready to bring the project to a close in a big way.

“I’m trying to make a community mural event, like I did last year on Copper and Cotton Lifestyle Co. — which was formerly Gila Valley Made,” he said. “I’d like the community to come out and help me and I’d like to do that one more time.”

The location will be the south wall of Austin’s Auto Advantage, with Woods doing the four designs and allowing the public to help with the actual painting.

The event will take place March 24-25; however, in the event of inclement weather, the event will move to March 31 and April 1.

To make the final mural project even more special, Woods has invited five additional artists to paint an extra four murals on Austin’s wall — Lacey and Julia of Brilly Design Co., Tiffany DeWitt of Colorbrush Co., Harley Overton and Adrienne “AJ” Wakefield.

To accommodate such a large endeavor, Woods is seeking additional sponsorships. Each sponsorship is $1,000 and the sponsor’s logo will be included in the mural. Plus there will be signage of the sponsor put in place while the mural is being painted. There will also be social media updates throughout the creative process, highlighting sponsors.

Those interested in sponsoring or participating in the final Downtown Mural Project event should call 480-584-7911 or e-mail