Monday, July 21, 2014

The completed Independence mural

Under Independence Stars
Located at the corner of Pennsylvania & Laurel
Independence, Kansas

Lead Artist  Dave Loewenstein
Assistant  Ashley Laird
Apprentice  Rachel Unruh
Special Co-Apprentices  Wanda Myers and Thea Albertson
Project Manager  Donna Rothgeb 

Painted with the help of more than seventy local volunteers

Supported by
Astra Arts Festival
National Endowment for the Arts
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

Thank you to everyone who participated and made this project possible.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Independence Mural Dedication

Please Join Us
Sunday, July 13th
 corner of Laurel & Pennsylvania
Independence, KS

Hear lead artist Dave Loewenstein speak about the project and enjoy light refreshments as we cut the ribbon for this beautiful new addition to our community. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Independence mural design and community painting

We arrived back in Independence on July 1st to prepare the wall and start painting. I'm still working on the finer details of the color study. Here it is in process.

The design celebrates the Independence community as it gathers to watch the 4th of July fireworks and contemplate the stars behind them. Framed by the brilliant and beautiful explosions of color, picnic goers and festival attendees share a moment of awe and wonder under the evening sky. The magical and playful scene up above is characterized by Independence inspired constellations including, the Kiddy Land shoe house, Riverside Park lion, symbol of Neewollah, riverboat (drawn by a local student a school), the Little House on the Prairie cabin, one of the fish from the mural painted previously on this wall and Miss Able in her rocket ship. In silhouette along the horizon are other icons of the community like Lady Justice, the Sinclair dinosaur, baseball stadium lights and fantastic Riverside Park slides.  Groups of figures on the right and left are symbolic representations of the diversity of Independence plus a few well-known characters. On the left waving is Alf Landon, Kansas Governor and Presidential candidate, and on the right a young William Inge seeking poetic  inspiration from the festivities.

The day after Independence Day we began painting. Making our way around exploded bottle rockets and firecrackers, we started blocking in background colors for the evening sky and silhouettes along the horizon. More than 60 energetic volunteers came out to help.

Mural on day 3

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Facing EAST

On the evenings of June 27th and 28th, filmmaker Nicholas Ward premiered his short film "Facing EAST" projected onto the outside of my studio at 411 East 9th Street. The nine-minute film is composed of interviews with East Lawrence residents from a former mayor to a beloved street musician. You can watch it here