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Fayette student, arts teachers combine talents to add murals to city landscape

By Tammy L. Lane
Special to KyForward

A student from Bryan Station High School and visual arts teachers from Cardinal Valley Elementary and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School have put their talents on public display with two murals in high-traffic locations.

Xavier Short, a senior, painted a mural on the second floor of the Lexington Public Library’s downtown parking garage for an Eagle Scout service project.

“When people come out of the elevator now, they’ll see something colorful and it’ll be a little more interesting,” he said.

Kroger mural (1)

His design features a quote from science fiction author Ray Bradbury: “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

Xavier has been involved in Boy Scouts since age 10. He’s a member of Troop 911 at Lexington Fire Station #16 on Man o’ War Boulevard, known as The Cave. He also works at Paintmaster Premiere, designing and installing vinyl graphics on vehicles and windows.

Paintmaster Premiere contributed vinyl for Xavier’s mural, Lowe’s donated paint, and Scheller Automotive provided additional supplies.

Meanwhile, across town at the newly renovated Kroger on Alexandria Drive, teachers Michelle Armstrong of Cardinal Valley and Debbie Eller of Dunbar highlighted the diversity and spirit of the surrounding communities.

Their mural includes several neighborhood landmarks such as Wolf Run Creek, the bus stop at Gardenside Plaza, and the pastoral paddocks of nearby horse farms, and the people depicted are involved in sports, dance, and recreational activities.

“It is our hope that this image conveys the history and sense of community we’ve both experienced as residents of southwest Lexington,” said Armstrong, who grew up in the Garden Springs neighborhood.

In an unrelated project, Eller and Armstrong teamed up on an exterior mural at the women’s HOPE Center on Versailles Road; it was funded by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Tammy L. Lane is editor of the Fayette County Public Schools website

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