What’s with that colorful building in the Springs?

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Sonoma Valley Sun


After months of planning and hard work, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s Teen Mural made a striking debut on the entire wall of  The Republic of Thrift, at 17496 Sonoma Highway in the Springs.

Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the finished mural culminates a public art and artist residency collaboration led by guest artist Chor Boogie. Boogie, an internationally known muralist and spray-paint artist, has been engaging area youth in the multi-week program of workshops, artist-led talks, performances.

Boogie created the mural on the south side of the building with the help of students working over eight full days.


Boogie coached the students on all aspects of the mural painting process, from overall design and perspective to specific techniques.

“Although the main emphasis was on the task of designing and painting the mural, another noteworthy aspect of the project has been the slow but sure building of trust in new relationships, and the experience of successful artistic collaboration,” explained project leader Dianne Aoki.

The student team: Izzy Albano, Sydney Chapin, Morgan Copeland, Danna Dagio, Katherine Fonseca, Annika Ginter, Jack Kelly, Raven Sanchez Leader, John Leon, Eden Llodra, Dani McCarthy, Emily Molina, Bernardo Moya, Theresa Perez, Athenea Silva Reyes, Ella Rehnmark Stewart, Coral Utnehmer, Gregory Valavanis, Sofia Vitale, and Cally White.

The Sunday unveiling will include a ribbon cutting, speeches, music, and dancing.  Due to limited parking spaces, guests are asked to please park at Flowery Elementary School.

The Teen Mural Project was supported by Art Escape, The Republic of Thrift, La Luz and the Sonoma Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are by Bank of Marin, California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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