Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Parkway Pharmacy, 5771 The Square, Crozet, VA 22932
Come celebrate a new mural in Crozet! Students will present their mural to the Crozet community during a completion celebration.
June 1, 2019 Crozet, VA — after a year-long study of the Crozet community, 5th grade students from Brownsville Elementary will unveil an 11×50 ft. community mural on the side wall of Parkway Pharmacy in downtown Crozet.
A very special group of 5th graders from Brownsville Elementary have completed a year-long community project to celebrate the diversity of their school community. Inspired by Phil James’s book, Secrets of the Blue Ridge, students learned of the rich history of Crozet, and more specifically, about the communities old and new that surround Brownsville Elementary. Fifth grade teacher, Susan Greenwood, states, “Learning about the history of our community has had a profound impact on student relationships, which has created a more positive learning environment. The realization that our school community’s strength comes from students whose families have been in Crozet for generations and those who have moved into the area within the last ten years; has dramatically changed students’ attitudes towards each other.” This project has culminated into a beautiful mural created by Ms. Greenwood’s 5th grade class that will be unveiled on the wall of Parkway Pharmacy in downtown Crozet on June 1, 2019.
Early support and guidance from Charlottesville Mural Project, and grant support from Red Light Management have made this project a reality. Local artist, Sam Gray, has taken student ideas and drawings and created a cohesive mural that represents Crozet’s history. The mural was painted by the 5th grade students. The Charlottesville Mural Project enjoys ongoing support from The FUNd at CACF, Tom Tom Festival, Piedmont Paint & Finish, and Legacy Video Service, and Blue Ridge Builder Supply.
About The Artist, Sam Gray: Sam is an artist, illustrator, and freelance graphic designer. Her work spans various media from painting and drawing to printing and ceramics, but throughout it all she often features a confluence of people and nature. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia and studied graphic design at the University of Georgia, graduating summa cum laude in 2012. After a soul-crushing design studio internship, Sam traveled internationally for a year and a half. During those travels she volunteered on organic farms and reconnected with nature through communing with the wild, growing plants, and caring for animals. In 2016 she became an Incubator Artist at the McGuffey Art Center and is now a full member. She has shown her work in many solo and group exhibitions in Charlottesville as well as completing murals in Central Virginia and abroad including her work on the Tom Tom Festival art bus in 2018.