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Mural Dedication Ceremony: "The Art of Lake Life"

The magic of art is when it reaches out to you, and makes you want to reach back...

Photo of League Members and Artists with "Serenity"

A young patron of Crooked Creek Park appreciating "The Art of Lake Life" mural

(photograph by Lori Porter)

A wonderful crowd of people gathered on yet another wet and rainy day outside to celebrate the dedication of a wonderful new community artwork, "The Art of Lake Life" mural in the Crooked Creek Park Recreation Center. The Crooked Creek Art League, in conjunction with Crooked Creek Park and the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, were delighted to dedicate the new 37 foot long mural. Remarks were given by Crooked Creek Art League President Sandra Oliver, Crooked Creek Park Facility Manager Jason White and Nicholle Burroughs representing Chapin Mayor David W. Knight as part of the ceremony. Thank you to all who were able to attend the ceremony.

The mural was designed and painted by a dedicated team of eight CCAL artists using a custom design developed based on drawings made by 2019 Summer Safari children (ages 5 to 13) to answer the question of what they liked about living in Chapin.

Fun community activities are a component to the mural role out and the public is invited to participate in two different ways! First, we have designed a mural scavenger hunt where participants can answer a series of questions based on the detailed content of the mural. All completed scavenger hunt forms turned into the front desk will earn a small prize and be entered into a drawing mid-summer for 5 additional prizes of gift certificates for S&S Destination Trucky's. The public is also invited to add to the artwork by filling out their own throughts, comments, reactions, sketches, etc. and adding them to the "What does it mean to ME?" interactive participation wall. Please join the fun!

Photo of Donors with the artist, Roger Buenzow, with "Serenity"

A great crowd enjoyed the public dedication ceremony on March 3

A panorama view of the full mural

Thank you so much to everyone that played a part in making this possible. CCAL artists involved include: Sonya Diimmler and Karen Larrabee, project co-chairs, Pam Bulak, Ann Sweeney, Kay Stallings, Barbara Teusink, Tommy Thompson and Shin Wilbanks.

A very special Thank You to Crooked Creek Park and the ICRC for the opportunity to work together to add this beautiful new artwork as a lasting legacy of our great community.

Thank you to Stan Shealy for filming the event for us!

To watch a video of the ceremony click HERE.

Finally, we are deeply grateful to the Central Carolina Community Foundation for awarding CCAL a Connected Communities Grant which made this project possible.

Central Carolina Community Foundation

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