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Performing Arts Center Enlivened with Colorful Mural

Published October 11, 2017

Mike Graves muralLast week artist Michael Graves from Denver set up shop outside the Performing Arts Center to paint a mural on the south facing wall of the outdoor stage. Michael’s work was recommended by the Art Selection Committee, approved by the Art Board, and funding was approved by Town Council for his colorful and whimsical project.

The Town’s Arts and Culture Strategic Plan calls for art that’s diverse, welcoming, relaxed, creative, playful, colorful, adventurous and energized, which perfectly describes Michael’s work. Public art provides an opportunity for people to come together despite their differences to talk, ask questions (such as, “why a big cow?!”) and cross paths with those who they have never met before. The Summit Daily News posted an online video showcasing the project that can been viewed by clicking here. Stop by and take a look, if you haven’t already, and start a conversation with others about the artwork.

Mike Graves is a multi-disciplinary artist from Denver who focuses on a large range of mediums including paintings, illustrations, murals and art figures. The ability to create and share art with people makes him truly happy. Mike’s goal is to paint whimsical, bright character-based work that brings people joy and helps them feel like a child again. His art has been seen in Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Phoenix, Miami, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Canada, Australia and the U.K.