Our neighbors and friends continue to create incredible public art in the North Fork Valley– new landmarks that tell powerful stories about this special place and celebrate the abundant creativity and talent in our community.
Next time you’re in Paonia, be sure to stop by the Elementary School on 4th Street to feast your eyes on a new beautiful street mural of a rainbow peony flower, a woven-willow archway, and metal fence decorated with yarn art.
Last August (2015), the Paonia Village Building Convergence (VBC) led this project, bringing together over 100 neighbors and Paonia Elementary School students, parents, and teachers to collaborate on the creation of this new special public place. The project was sponsored by the Town of Paonia, the Learning Council, and the Creative Coalition, and was the second placemaking project of the VBC; The first was the Art Wall at Elsewhere Studios, in the alley behind Grand Ave, downtown Paonia created in 2013.
Read more about the Elementary School Street Mural project and how it started on the North Fork Scrapbook, a wonderful local blog dedicated to protecting the unique qualities of our community through story-sharing.
Check out these stunning aerial photos of the project taken by a drone helicopter! And more photos of the community street painting days.