Plaza Midwood Signal Box Art

“Chantilly’s Charlotte”, Mixed Media Collage

“Chantilly’s Charlotte”, Mixed Media Collage

I am honored to have work selected for installation on a signal box in Plaza Midwood, at the corner of Commonwealth and Plaza, outside of the firehouse.

I was fortunate to be a part of the early community of Chantilly Montessori School, a wonderful mix of creative families, many of them from the Plaza Midwood area. One of my favorite traditions at Chantilly was the annual Gallery Crawl, where a parent artist guided each class through a group art project. In 2011, I worked with 1st-3rd graders on a series of collages in the style of Eric Carle, featuring Charlotte landmarks. I always wished I'd shared these outstanding artworks with the Plaza Midwood community, as many of our favorite local places were depicted, and this project was the long-overdue chance to do that. Those young artists are now high school students, and I am thrilled to display their work in the environment that inspired it.

This signal box wrap will be my second public art project. “Lance Color Study” graces a signal box at the corner of South and Bland in Charlotte’s South End. Artist Laurie Smithwick was the mastermind of both the South End and Plaza Midwood installations, each featuring 8 diverse works.