This summer a new mural was finished on the west-facing wall of Galaxy Comics & Games in downtown Stevens Point.
The mural has been proudly on display since its unveiling on Aug. 23 of this year. It depicts the main ingredients of beer being poured into a Stevens Point Brewing Company pint glass.
Members of CREATE Portage County, a nonprofit arts organization, the Stevens Point Preservation/Design Review Commission and the Stevens Point Brewery came together to choose a mural in celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Stevens Point Brewing Company.
Out of the 29 submissions, the one that stood out the most was created by Nick Goettling, who went on to design the mural.
Goettling is a Chicago-based artist who has worked with companies such as Cliff Bar and Logitech. Now, some of his art is permanently residing in downtown Stevens Point.
The Point Brewery mural is the newest addition to the multiple murals in the Stevens Point area. Another mural is the “Most Influential Events” mural on the west-facing wall of 1035 Main Street. In addition, “The Old Post Office” is located on the east wall of the current post office on the corner of Main Street and Smith Street.
This mural, however, goes in a different artistic direction from many of the murals of the past which give a snapshot of what life was like for Stevens Point residents.
Goettling’s mural does not show past Stevens Point like other area murals but instead is an artistic celebration of a business that has been a part of the community for over a century and a half.
The mural also is effective in being a great advertisement for the Point Brewery.
“It makes me want a beer,” said Summer Thompson, sophomore communications major.
The new direction of the mural has had a great response from the students of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“It brightens up the whole town,” said Thompson.
“It’s beautiful and really represents Point,” said Maddy Verheyden, sophomore communication sciences and disorders major.
Goettling has created a great new artistic addition to the community and another reason for incoming freshmen to take a trip downtown this year.
Galaxy Comics & Games and Goettling’s mural are located on 925 Clark Street.