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Tonkawa Mural Project

This gallery is under construction as of Sunday, May 15, 2010.
More will follow as time permits.

Tonkawa, OK, was recently chosen as the town in Oklahoma to receive a grant from Mid-America Arts Alliance of Kansas City, MO, to produce a mural depicting the past and present life of this rural Oklahoma town.

You can visit the MAAA website at http://www.maaa.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/t1.asp?docid=514&DocName=HOME

The lead artist on this project is mural painter Dave Loewenstein, out of Lawrence, KS. Please visit his web sight http://loewensteinmuraljournal.blogspot.com/ for more information on this project and others he has been involved in.

Dave is being assisted by two other artists, Amber Hanson and Nicholas Ward, also of Lawrence, KS.
Please visit their website at http://www.myspace.com/kansasmuralists

The project is also being followed by another website, http://theruralsite.blogspot.com/ The Art of the Rural.

It is truly amazing to see what Dave and his assistants, Amber and Nicholas have designed and are now starting to paint. We feel so fortunate to have received the grant and to have such talented artists making it.


The following is a press release from MAAA

Overview

Community-based public art is a familiar and well documented field. Like community-based theater, community-based public art seeks to develop meaningful and high quality works through a collaborative process driven by local people often with the guidance and technical assistance of professional artists. In an effort to spark this kind of work in our region, Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA)—in partnership with the Kansas Arts Commission and the Oklahoma Arts Council—will support two interrelated community-based mural projects, one in Kansas and the other in Oklahoma. These projects will both be happening in 2010 and will give residents direct hands–on experience in the research, design, and execution of major public artworks for their communities.

In addition, MAAA is funding one to two mural assistant positions in each state. Artists chosen to be mural assistants will work with lead artist Dave Loewenstein from the earliest stages of the projects through to their completion, and will be introduced to all of the skills used to shape successful community murals.

Both projects and what may become a collaboration between the two will be carefully documented in video, audio, and still photography with the intention of producing a community-mural manual and short documentary film. Lead artist Loewenstein will also regularly post updates, photos, and video to a blog dedicated to the mural projects so that students and others can follow each mural's progress.
The Mural is Finished
The Mural is Finished
Mural early Saturday morning, May 22
Mural early Saturday morning, May 22
Mural after day 1 of painting
Mural after day 1 of painting
Mural after 2nd day of painting
Mural after 2nd day of painting
Mural at the end of day 3
Mural at the end of day 3
Dave Loewenstein Mural Painter
Dave Loewenstein Mural Painter
Orozco Quote
Orozco Quote
Dr Roger Stacy and Art McSweeney
Dr Roger Stacy and Art McSweeney
Art McSweeney, Dave and Audrey looking at potential buildings for mural project
Art McSweeney, Dave and Audrey looking at potential buildings for mural project
Viewing mural in local bank
Viewing mural in local bank
Crunching Ideas for the mural
Crunching Ideas for the mural
Dave as a young boy in a book about murals
Dave as a young boy in a book about murals
Dave showing other mural projects he has produced
Dave showing other mural projects he has produced
Dave with detail of one of his murals
Dave with detail of one of his murals
Mediclaims is one of the possible buildings
Mediclaims is one of the possible buildings
Addressing the crowd
Addressing the crowd
MediClaims wall
MediClaims wall
MediClaims wall
MediClaims wall
Inspecting IOOF building wall
Inspecting IOOF building wall
Walking Grand
Walking Grand
One of the initial meetings in the McCarter Musuem
One of the initial meetings in the McCarter Musuem
Dave absorbing the countryside
Dave absorbing the countryside
An early planning meeting
An early planning meeting
Nicholas and Dave
Nicholas and Dave
Dave explaining preliminary drawing concepts
Dave explaining preliminary drawing concepts
Our first close look at preliminary drawing
Our first close look at preliminary drawing
Looking at Preliminary Sketches
Looking at Preliminary Sketches
Amber Powerwashing
Amber Powerwashing
Ready for Priming
Ready for Priming
Prepping for Priming
Prepping for Priming
Randy rolling the very first paint on the wall
Randy rolling the very first paint on the wall
Randy Rolls
Randy Rolls
Making the wall white
Making the wall white
Shadow play as the sun prepares to set
Shadow play as the sun prepares to set
Mural Projection Dress Rehersal
Mural Projection Dress Rehersal
The Tracing Begins
The Tracing Begins
Hummer Mural
Hummer Mural
The Crew at Work
The Crew at Work
Tracing Railroad Cisco
Tracing Railroad Cisco
There are Shadows Watching You
There are Shadows Watching You
Projecting the Images
Projecting the Images
Panel 4 Tracing
Panel 4 Tracing
Tracing Panel 4
Tracing Panel 4
The Trio at Work
The Trio at Work
Reaching for the Stars
Reaching for the Stars
Virla S
Virla S
Panels 3 4 and 5
Panels 3 4 and 5
Panel 5
Panel 5
Dave Mixing Paint 2
Dave Mixing Paint 2
Paint Prep Table
Paint Prep Table
Paige Reaching
Paige Reaching
Amber and Panel 1
Amber and Panel 1
Nicholas in Panel 5
Nicholas in Panel 5
Tonkawa Mural Project detail
Tonkawa Mural Project detail
Nicholas and Amber
Nicholas and Amber
Mural in Waiting
Mural in Waiting
Gordon and helper
Gordon and helper
Taking a Break
Taking a Break
Detail
Detail
Dave Mixing Paint
Dave Mixing Paint
Community Painters
Community Painters
Everyone's Gone for the Day
Everyone's Gone for the Day
Sunday Morning Fog
Sunday Morning Fog
Note from community painter
Note from community painter
Studying the Mural
Studying the Mural
Paint Central
Paint Central
Paint Central
Paint Central
Paint Central
Paint Central
Color Study panels
Color Study panels
Nicholas
Nicholas
Friday Afternoon
Friday Afternoon
Reflecting on the work in progress
Reflecting on the work in progress
Windows Across the Street
Windows Across the Street
Checking the Mural
Checking the Mural
Amber
Amber
Just Looking
Just Looking
The Trio
The Trio
Mixing Pink
Mixing Pink
Breaking out some new brushes
Breaking out some new brushes
Green Fields
Green Fields