‘Art in the Wind’ mural takes flight

CNY Arts Center is ready to launch its next community mural project titled “Art in the Wind.”

The 8-foot-by-12-foot mural will invite visitors to Harborfest’ Novelis Family Park July 26-28 to paint recycled aluminum squares as a portion of a larger painting.

Pieces will then be baked, strung on an aluminum frame, and hung in a permanent location in the CNY region.

“We are excited to present another community mural project for Harborfest visitors,” said concept creator Leslie Paice. “Last year’s stained glass mural of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was a crowd pleaser. The completed mural using nearly 2,000 cut glass bottles was erected in Fulton at Indian Point Park.

“This year’s mural is the exact opposite in terms of lightweight construction.” Paice added. “It is bigger and calls for more than 600 individual aluminum squares to be painted and assembled like a giant puzzle.”

The original art entitled “Wings” is the creation of Angela Arrey-Wastavino whose artwork was chosen in a juried competition earlier in the year.

“We are delighted with this selection for the mural,” Paice noted. “It is inspirational and uplifting and with the metal exposure will capture the sunlight beautifully drawing the eye and making spirits soar. The art evokes feelings of freedom and joy, a perfect depiction of what the mural intends to convey.”

Arrey-Wastavino is a versatile multi-disciplinary artist and academician whose work has exhibited internationally in Europe and Latin America.

She is currently president of Onondaga Art Guild and leads public relations for Associated Artists of Central New York. Her international life style and multiethnic background have inspired her creativity in the field of visual arts developing concepts with particular attention to details.

The artist will be in attendance during Harborfest to help with the project, accompanied by students and family members coming from Europe to participate in the historic event.

“This is another example of the arts bringing the community coming together, an international community in this case, to create a lasting legacy for all to enjoy,” said Paice.

Those seeking more information on the group may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

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