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  • 2020 Fota Mural Presentation presented by Emma Daisy Gertel

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    Name: 2020 Fota Mural Presentation presented by Emma Daisy Gertel
    Date: February 29, 2020
    Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
    Event Description:
    Continuing our tradition of commissioning a piece of public art each year, the Festival of the Arts is pleased to present Emma Daisy Gertel, who will be painting a mural to be installed on the front of the JC Penney building in downtown Big Rapids. Daisy is an artist and muralist based in Milwaukee. Much of her current work is an ongoing narrative exploring identity, acceptance and belonging influenced by her experience as a Korean adoptee. Her murals are a celebration of life, inspired by the natural world, and can be found anywhere from street art tourist destinations to schools, local businesses and private residences. Daisy’s work often features stylized figures, exploring cultural ambiguity and is created with playful charm to inspire hope and remind us of the power of joy. So have you ever wondered how a five story high mural is created? Join Daisy at 1:00pm for an experiential community arts workshop that will take you through the process of mural making, from concept sketch to executing the plan onsite. The workshop will cover a broad range of topics, including design, materials and artwork scaling. Expect to be hands on with paint markers, mop pens, and other tools of the street-art trade! Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative work of art. Please wear clothing you are comfortable painting in. (Recommended for Ages 13+)
    Artworks 106 N. Michigan Ave.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Date/Time Information:
    Saturday, February 29
    Workshop at 1:00pm
    Presentation and Reception at 5:00pm 
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