Christmas Print Evokes Holiday Nostalgia

If you love nostalgic Christmas prints featuring our Missouri Route 66 heritage, the newest public art commission by Viva Cuba is one you can add to your gift list.

The commission to Missouri artist Ray Harvey allows citizens to take public art into their homes. Harvey was commissioned to bring elements of Cuba’s past and present to life for a holiday painting the Highway 19 Peoples Bank branch will display during the Christmas season. A digital image from the painting was produced and licensed to Viva Cuba, a community-betterment group, to produce the holiday print.

The holiday print features Cuba’s present murals, plus vintage cars, a Frisco 1522 train, and a restored 1930s Phillips 66 station. Santa is driving a ’57 sleigh with a Route 66 shield on the grill.

The print fits into a stock, 18×24 frame and is available (cost is $20) in Cuba at the Highway 19 Peoples Bank and at Spirals Art Gallery, 512 E. Washington (on Route 66). The print was introduced at the town’s Route 66 Cuba Fest 2012 event in October.

The print is available online (shipping charge applies) at CubaMoMurals.com.

As one viewer of the print said, “I love it. I can hear the snow crunch underfoot.”

Viva Cuba is the group responsible for the town’s 12 outdoor murals, a heritage project that has made the city known the length of Route 66. The group helped the community earn the designation of “Route 66 Mural City” from the Missouri legislature.

Written by Jane Reed, social media director for Viva Cuba.

Editor’s note: The image showing the holiday print was used with permission of Viva Cuba; the copyright watermark was intentionally left in place to prevent unlawful reproduction of the image.