Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, September 11, 2015

Artist memorializing fallen servicemen with McCallie Avenue portrait

- (Photo by David Laprad)

Local artist Kevin Bate works on a portrait of Sgt. Carson Holmquist, the first of five servicemen he’s painting on the side of a long building that hugs the corner of McCallie Avenue and North Hickory Street.

Bate is memorializing the four Marines and one sailor killed in the July 16 attack on two military installations in Chattanooga.

The large-scale painting is part of the McCallie Walls Mural Project, which has turned the once dull thoroughfare into a vibrant drive-through art gallery.

Although Bate doesn’t know how long the portrait will take him to complete, he hopes his work will serve as a reminder of the brave men who laid down their lives that day for years to come.