Day: February 6, 2021

Search on for stolen Fence Art Project mural

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A local artist needs your help after she says someone stole a mural she made to help beautify the Starland neighborhood.

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It was a part of a series of murals with the Fence Art Project and was put on display over construction fencing. Fence Art Project artist and Savannah College of Art and Design graduate NaeKeisha Jones says she was proud to have her work on display to help bring some color to the Starland neighborhood.

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“The most things that we planned for were like weather, getting molded, putting a protective coat on it or even if someone to defaced it, being prepared for those type of things,” Jones said.

But one thing she didn’t plan for, was it being stolen.

“It was tied down pretty securely all the way around,” Jones said.

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Northwest Coast art style reimagined in new Luke Parnell exhibition

Northwest Coast artist Luke Parnell views his creative process as a form of storytelling. While studying carving as a youth, Parnell, born in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1971, says his only references to artists working in the Northwest Coast style was the celebrated output from artists Robert Davidson and Bill Reid.

As a youth, Parnell was naturally drawn to creating art and had been greatly inspired by comic books like X-Men, and to a lesser extent, characters like Batman.

When he first saw an early National Film Board documentary on Bill Reid Parnell was perplexed by Reid’s claim that he didn’t feel that the Northwest Coast style “could go much further than what it is now.”

“You know, I don’t try and expand the boundaries of the artwork. I just do what I want to do, and I see it as part of the storytelling tradition,” Parnell explained over the

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‘Largest gift’ funds scholarships, adds art gallery at Winona State University

A week after Saint Mary’s University announced receipt of a $5 million gift, Winona State University announced its largest-ever estate gift, a bequeathal of more than $5.2 million from the estate of Maynard “Mo” Weber.

Weber, a 1950 graduate of WSU, died in his home in Luray, Va., on July 26, 2019.

“I’d rather have Mo,” said WSU President Scott R. Olson. “He was a wonderful guy, an unbelievable character.”

He was also, Olson said, one of WSU’s biggest supporters, and certainly the biggest on the East Coast. In the past, Weber had made several donations to WSU. Some were financial, and others were donations of artwork produced by Weber’s father, Max Weber, whose cubist paintings hang in museums such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington, D.C.

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Olson said this connection to art plays a big part in the $5.2 million

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