Kettle Run Art Students Paint New Mural in Old Town Warrenton
Warrenton, VA—As the 2020–2021 school year comes to an end, Experience Old Town Warrenton is thankful for the talents of Kettle Run High School National Art Honor Society students, who painted a beautiful and inspiring mural on South 4th Street between Main and Lee Streets.
The simple message of “Be kind. Spread love.” is followed by EOTW’s #LOVEwarrenton and signed by six artists and their sponsors, including: rising junior Abby Aldrich, rising junior and 2020–21 NAHS vice president Jasmin Hernandez, Class of 2021 graduate Maya Mallory, rising junior, 2020–21 NAHS secretary, and mural designer Connor Soldon, rising junior Cecelia Wise, rising junior Andrew Zhao, Mrs. Heather Deeney and Mrs. Tisha Burke.
EOTW Executive Director Charity Furness explains the effort came to fruition following Mrs. Burke’s quest to get her art students involved in the community. Furness collaborated with the Town of Warrenton, seeking appropriate sites for a mural. The students then submitted several mural design options, citing their favorite.
The six artists arrived at the parking lot retaining wall after school on June 3, primed the wall, and completed the mural before thunderstorms came through in the early evening.
“It’s beautiful!” Furness said. “We love that the next generation of Warrenton residents has taken ownership in the town. And it spreads such a positive message that we should remind ourselves of each day, especially after such a difficult year.”
Experience Old Town Warrenton is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to foster and inspire an environment in Old Town Warrenton that enhances economic vitality while preserving the historic character of the community; and to promote a rich and appealing cultural atmosphere in which to live, play, and do business.