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Painting of the Aurora Fox Mural

Painting of the Aurora Fox Mural

Aurora Fox Mural creation process. The mural project for Aurora Fox Arts theater consists of four walls. Each wall is representing its own theme and reveals a different side of the theater history and repertoire.  In my previous blog post, I wrote a detailed description of the design for each wall. Here you can see the process of painting the project, of each mural. This is the wall that is facing E Colfax avenue. The Aurora Fox mural is featuring a classic representation of the theater: a muse, patroness of the arts, a harp, theatrical masks, a jester and a cupid, devil, romantic serenade musician, and two ladies wearing masks. The second wall, also facing North and Colfax Avenue, is representing the children’s half of the theatre’s repertoire. Here are clowns, jesters, puppets and circus performers. The third wall, west facing, is the biggest. The third mural wall is telling a story about the fire, that damaged the building in 1981 and it’s rebirth from the ashes with the help of the community.  And the fourth wall is south facing. It shows the pre-fire history of the theater. Vintage clothing and bright colors add to the retro ambiance the mural. The mural was painted using acrylic paints and was covered with an anti-graffiti coating. Please check out my previous blog post about the design description for this mural project > ___________________ Aurora / 2019 ART BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER! Come join me on this journey I respect your...
Murals for Aurora Fox Theater

Murals for Aurora Fox Theater

I was chosen to create murals for Aurora Fox Theater among two other artists. Four murals on four walls have a separate role in telling a story of the theatre.   For this project, I decided to create a bright, vibrant and dynamic design. The murals will represent what is going on in the fox art center and its unique history. The 1st wall, that is facing Colfax avenue will greet people driving or walking by. The mural will help people immediately understand that it’s a drama theatre. Due to the lack of posters or ticket office outside of the building, other than a beautiful neon sign, it’s hard to know that it is a working theater and not an old movie theater. The mural is featuring a classic representation of the theater: a muse, patroness of the arts, a harp, theatrical masks, a jester and a cupid, devil, romantic serenade musician, and two ladies wearing masks. The mural design is framed with thick red velvet curtains, to emphasize the symmetric, staged composition. The second wall, north-facing side of the building is representing the children half of the theatre’s repertoire. A clown, jester, puppets, circus performers and of course a crowd of amazed children audience all united with a paper scroll, geometric stage sets, and striped curtains. The third mural wall is telling a story about the fire, that damaged the building in 1981 and it’s rebirth from the ashes with the help of the community. On the right side, you can see the red flames of fire in the theater. The muse of theatric arts is helping to stop the...
King Soopers Mural Creation

King Soopers Mural Creation

The process of creation of King Soopers mural. In March of this year, I was chosen to create a mural for the newly renovated Kroger company grocery store King Soopeers in Aurora, Colorado which is located at 3050 South Peoria Street in Aurora. Here is the image of my proposal and the floor plan of the cafe area of the store, where the mural will be located. The mural is painted on four panels. It is a nice change to paint a mural at home, in my studio. It will be installed on its permanent location in August 2019. Come back to see the pictures of finished, installed mural next month. The mural represents the city of Aurora, it’s culture and environment. It’s main landmarks, like DeLaney round barn, Centenial house, Aurora Fox Arts Center, Red Cross building, John Gully homestead house, and others. Done in a collage style, the quilted and layered images encompass Aurora’s extremely diverse community as well as its distinct fauna and natural beauty. The centerpiece for the mural features Aurora’s city seal, shown as a rising sun, surrounded by the hands of its people, holding it together, as a symbol of unity and brotherhood, celebrating its strength in diversity. These aspects are also found in the traditional ornamental designs found throughout the mural; these represent Mexico and Latin countries, Native American, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Ethiopian, and Nepalese designs. The natural elements of local trees, birds and lakes pay homage to Aurora’s vast size, many parks, open spaces and nature reserves. In the foreground stands a white heron, symbolizing rebirth and hope. Nearby sits...
Cherry Creek Mural Creation in Denver CO

Cherry Creek Mural Creation in Denver CO

The Cherry Creek mural creation took place in November 2018. It is my second mural created for the Denver Urban Arts Fund Graffiti prevention program. It took me around three weeks to finish the mural. The weather in November wasn’t helping me much. It snowed, froze and rained often, so I had to stay home a lot, instead of going to paint as I planned. Pictures of the process of the Cherry Creek mural creation: The mural is located in a very busy part of the Cherry Creek trail. Cherry Creek flows into the South Platte River there, in Confluence Park. The mural consists of abstract geometric shapes and designs. Images of state symbols and local birds and animals are intertwined among it. This mural is the second part of my “Symbols of Colorado” mural series. The first one, mural “Viva Colorado” I painted in the fall of 2016. It is located at West Alameda Ave and Santa Fe Drive. To see the pictures of that mural, please visit the project page > You can read more about the design idea in my previous post about this mural project > The TV network Telemundo did a video feature with me, please see the interview here > Here you can see a video of the finished mural: ____________ Denver, CO / 2018...
Azulejo Tile Murals and Portuguese Public Art

Azulejo Tile Murals and Portuguese Public Art

Azulejo, painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework, on the facade of the church. In the middle of January 2019, my family and I went to Portugal for two weeks. We fell in love with the county’s beautiful people, food, weather and of course, art, architecture and history. Azulejo facade, Lisbon, Portugal Most houses are covered with glazed, ceramic tiles, called azulejo. From churches and palaces to apartment buildings are decorated with them. Azulejos, Lisbon, Portugal Mostly, azulejo has blue tones. Azulejos, Lisbon, Portugal From decorative ornamental tiles, that are covering whole walls, to intricate tile murals that depict some historical plots, azulejo turn the streets of Portuguese cities into outdoor museums. Lisbon, Portugal The unfortunate side of Portuguese street views is graffiti. Tags and graffiti are everywhere. The main streets and squares, government building, museums are all covered with this unfortunate ugliness. Lisbon, Portugal Modern public art and murals in Lisbon. Red shingle roofs of Lisbon, Portugal. Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal Aveiro, Portugal Aveiro, Portugal Another interesting and beautiful part of every city decor in Portugal are the sidewalks laid with pebble stones. They often are laid in some designs and ornaments. Tile mural, Aveiro, Portugal Tile mural, Aveiro, Portugal Tile mural, Aveiro, PortugRal Relief mural in Aveiro, Portugal Coimbra, Portugal Beautiful Douro river in Porto, Portugal Porto. Portugal Igreja de Santo António dos Congregados and Porto’s train station, Sao Bento. 19th-century railway station noted for its elaborate azulejo tilework in the main vestibule. There are approximately 20,000 azulejo tiles, dating from 1905–1916, that were composed by Jorge Colaço, an important painter of the time. _______________ Modern tile mural in Porto, Portugal Tile mural by Joana Vasconcelos in Porto, Portugal ________________ Portugal /...
My Murals and Public Art Projects of 2018

My Murals and Public Art Projects of 2018

2018 was a very fruitful year for me in public art projects and private murals. It started with an interior mural for the Equine Sciences Center of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. The mural is representing all of the programs and activities of the center. It was created in April. *** In May I painted a floral mural on the walls of a private house in the RINO district of Denver. The mural turned the backyard into a colorful paradise that will bloom all year around. *** Next were two Ground murals for the 40 West ArtLine in Lakewood, CO. My first ground mural for this project, “Movement”, was painted on the sidewalk of 17th Street, between Pierce and Reed streets in Lakewood, CO at the end of May. *** The mural “Blooming city” was painted on the sidewalk in Mountair Park at the beginning of June. *** Another interesting project created for the 40 West ArtLine in Lakewood was fence art. It is covering an ugly construction equipment storage site on Lamar Street, on a busy route for pedestrians who use the Lightrail. The project was created in June with the huge help of my husband Nick Angelo. *** In July I painted a mural in a nursery in the Chinoiserie style, romantic blue tones of the mural, peony and pomegranates flowers and fruits, birds create a very peaceful atmosphere. *** In September I won a call to create a mural covering the walls of the underpass in Longmont CO. The mural was painted in October. *** And my last public art project of 2018 was a mural for the Denver’s Urban Arts Fund graffiti prevention Mural Program. It was...
My Painted Stairs Project in Denver CO

My Painted Stairs Project in Denver CO

Painted Stairs Project was a part of “Imagine 2020“: Denver’s Cultural Plan by Denver Arts and Venues. #IMAGINE2020 is a program advancing arts and culture in the city of Denver. They organized an art competition between the city districts of Denver. The district #5 and a councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, invited me to paint a staircase in the district she represents as a part of this event. I used street marking paint for this painted stairs mural, so it will last longer on the staircase. Please, check out my other murals using such paint: a street mural in Aurora CO > and Ground mural project for the 40 West ArtLine in Lakewood, CO. My favorite helpers: my husband Nick Angelo and daughter Aleksandra.  The design for the mural. The staircase before the mural. To see the pictures of the finished mural please visit this page in a little while > ________________________ November 2018 / Denver,...
My New Cherry Creek Mural coming soon in Denver

My New Cherry Creek Mural coming soon in Denver

“Symbols of Colorado” is back with a sequel mural for the Denver’s Urban Arts Fund graffiti prevention Mural Program. This week I started working on my next mural project at Cherry Creek Trail adjacent to Confluence Park. I hope Colorado will give us a nice and warm November!   The Cherry Creek mural will be painted on the walls of the creek, facing a very busy pedestrian walkway and bike path. At first, the mural was planned to be painted as a continuation of my mural “Symbols of Colorado” on W. Alameda Ave and I-25 in Denver Colorado. But when the time came for the mural to be painted, I found out that the walls will be reconstructed within the next two years. So a new location for the mural needed to be found. Cherry Creek in Denver is a local hub for muralists, both local and international. More than 20 murals had been painted there in past years. So the decision to paint a mural there was an easy one. It’ll be nice for me to have a mural on Cherry Creek in Denver. As I said above the theme for the mural is a continuation of my 2016 mural with symbols of Colorado. If my first mural showed more known Colorado symbols like the state animal, state flower, state tree, and state fish; the second mural will acquaint viewers with less known symbols: the state reptile, state dinosaur, state bird and other birds and animals native to Colorado: bison, pheasant, Cliff Swallow, woodpecker, and prehistoric looking Double-crested Cormorant. The natural views are mixed with the old city architecture, the Rocky Mountains and bright sun are an indispensable...
Underpass Mural Painting Process in Longmont, CO

Underpass Mural Painting Process in Longmont, CO

October 2018 gave me two weeks of nice weather to work on an underpass mural. A busy bike pass and pedestrian tunnel under Hover street in Longmont, CO. The project was a part of the City of Longmont’s and the Police departments graffiti prevention program. While painting the mural a lot of people thanked me hugely for making the tunnel nicer and safer. The mural was covered with an anti-graffiti coating, cameras and lights fixtures were installed to prevent future vandalism.   The design for this mural was chosen by the art committee consisting of the city art panel, community members and activists. To read more about the design of the mural and see the close-up pictures of the design please visit my previous blog post > An osprey, a common bird to see in the sky above Longmont. My daughter Aleksandra and I in the background of a briar rose. Lots of flowers, realistic and abstract, are here to represent growth and development. Water flowers, birds, fish, and underwater views represent the richness of Longmont’s nature and abundance of lakes and bodies of water. My husband, Nick Angelo, as always, was helping me in painting the underpass mural. Cute historic buildings, reminding us of Longmont’s past as a Chicago colony. The city started as an agricultural community. A man with a basket of fruits on the mural is representing the agricultural history of the city. The ring-necked pheasant, a native bird of Colorado. To see the pictures of the finished mural please visit the project’s page > ________________________ October 2018 / Longmont,...
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