Sunday, June 17, 2012

New mural

I have started work on a new mural. It is located at 1159 University Ave in St. Paul on the Vietnam Center. This project is funded through an organization called Irrigate. Here is how they describe themselves:
Irrigate is an artist-led creative placemaking initiative spanning the six miles of the Central Corridor Light Rail line in Saint Paul during the years of its construction. Artists collaborate with businesses, organizations and community groups to change the landscape of the corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun.
I have spent a lot of time pursuing grants in the past couple of years, and almost didn't realize that I had attained my goal of grant funded work with this project. I had always envisioned that grant work would be a more personal, in-studio project. But I am pretty proud of this project that will most likely be viewed by many more people than most of my paintings.  
Irrigate works with artists who have a connection to the community in St. Paul. My connection is my framer who is located in the Vietnam Center (NGT Framing—I highly recommend him!).  I worked with members of the board's center to get support for my proposal and define the subject matter, which is the One Pillar Pagoda (a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam) surrounded by lotus blossoms. I am in my second trimester of pregnancy, and the board and Tu, my framer, have been very helpful in making the process as easy as possible for me. I hope to finish the mural in the next couple of weeks, if the weather will cooperate. It's been a bit on the rainy side the past week.

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