First mural completed

Published 3:19 pm Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Student Artist Mural Project’s inaugural painting — designed by selected Prince Edward County Middle School eighth-grade artist Audrey Magill — was painted on the exterior wall of j fergeson gallery in downtown Farmville over the weekend.

A majority of work on the mural took place Saturday during the Heart of Virginia Festival.

Magill said having her artwork on the gallery’s wall made her feel great. She said she’d been involved in art since she was in kindergarten.

Pictured is the finished mural designed by eighth-grade student Audrey Magill. The project, one proposed by Carley Fetty, won grant funding from the second-annual Farmville Downtown Partnership SOUP event recently.

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“I’ve always been into, like, postcards with landmarks inside the letters, and I thought that would look really cool as a mural, and (Prince Edward County Middle School teacher Carley Fetty) helped me come up with, like, how the words should go,” Magill said.

Students work on the Farmville postcard mural at j fergeson gallery on Main Street.

The project — Fetty’s idea — received a first place $2,000 grant from the Supporting Outstanding Urban Projects (SOUP) event that took place April 7 at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Farmville. The event was sponsored and organized by the Farmville Downtown Partnership.

“Before the SOUP event, because I really had a feeling it was going to happen, I had reached out to a few of the local art figures,” Fetty said. “I got the Lunenburg Middle School art teacher, who’s a friend of mine, one of the art professors at Longwood, Kerri Cushman, and then Todd Stonnell, who is an art therapist in Richmond, but he did a lot his studying here at the (LCVA). I put them together as my selection panel,” Fetty said.

She said as soon as the project won at the SOUP event, she put word out online that the project was taking submissions.

“We got three or four submissions, and because it was a very short deadline, I was, like, ‘We want to have this ready for the Heart of Virginia (Festival), so we have to choose it by the end of the week,’” Fetty said. “They had like a week and a half to get their art in. I did tell them, ‘You know it’s OK if it’s not a finished product, just show us what your idea is,’ and the panel reviewed all four and pretty unanimously chose this one.”

Fetty said there isn’t a deadline for the next mural.

“What we’re going to do with the entries is it’s going to be rolling entries,” Fetty said. “You can submit your artwork all year.”

Fetty said when the next space is finalized, the project organizers will take all of the artwork that has been submitted by that point — including pieces submitted during the previous application process — and put it into the selection process.

According to Fetty, the age range for those submitting projects is between 12 and 18.