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Arnette's Barbershop's 76 year history is honored in art

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Kevin Boucher
This mural, painted by SIU Professor and artist Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, celebrates the 76 year legacy of Carbondale's Arnette's Barbershop, located at 108 East Oak Street.

Since 1945, Arnette's Barbershop in Carbondale has been cutting hair, and serving as a place for friendly discussions.

And Carbondale Community Arts held a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday October 26, 2021 for a large mural on the outside of the business, painted by long time artist Najjar Abdul-Musawwir.

The title of his latest work is "Safe Place", because over the years, Musawwir says the barbershop been a haven for men and boys to share stories.

"Everytime I go in and get my haircut, I have great conversations. Nobody ever got shot, nobody ever got beat up, nobody ever got hurt. It's always a safe place for dialogue."

The mural, at 108 East Oak street, was funded by Carbondale Community Arts, which is looking to fund more art work in the future, highlighting local businesses.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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