Christophe Artisan Chocolatier is about as close as you can get in Charleston to a Parisian patisserie. The tiny spot on Society Street is an olfactory fun house, filled with the scents of hand-painted truffles, tiny pain au chocolates, and coconut macaroons. It’s the kind of space you want to linger longer. But while there are seats upstairs, the only outdoor seating is a back courtyard. And it would be perfect for splitting a bag of sable viennois with a date if it weren’t for one problem — a large, water-stained concrete wall. Which is why the chocolatier is taking applications for a local artist to paint a mural.

“The dimension are 15 feet high by 25 feet wide,” says Gordon Galloway, the store manager spearheading the search.

The wall officially belongs to M. Dumas who has given Christophe’s the greenlight to paint it. “They actually said we could paint the entire thing,” says Galloway. “But that’s pretty big.”

Instead, they’re keeping the canvas small, but the image can be of pretty much anything. “We’d like the scene to maybe be French-inspired or incorporate some of Charleston, but it’s open to interpretation,” Galloway says.

So far he’s received about 18 inquiries via a post on Craigslist and a sign up in the shop. But Christophe’s is still accepting applications. “They can send in a sample or a link to their portfolios,” says Galloway. 

The best part of the gig? It’s paid. Galloway says an agreement will be negotiated with the selected artist. 

Interested artists are asked to email

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