Murals at Grand Boulevard to be removed, will be salvaged

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The Cultural Arts Alliance and Grand Boulevard recently announced they are in the process of removing the murals that were painted by three local artists during ArtsQuest in May.

While the exhibit was shown during the months since they were painted, the murals were only meant to stay for two weeks, said Stacey Brady, director of marketing and public relations at Grand Boulevard.

The three murals were created by artists Sara Lierly, Justin Lyons and Juan Francisco Adaro, who is also the 2015 South Walton Artist of the Year.

Due to the positive feedback from the public, Brady said Grand Boulevard decided to keep them up longer than anticipated because “they did such a beautiful job promoting ArtsQuest.”

“We were not ready to prime that space,” Brady added. “They had to come down for future growth. We decided to leave them up as long as the weather was good; we are currently working to remove the murals and keep them intact.”

“It made a great impact on the weekend,” CAA Executvie Director Jennifer Steele said about ArtsQuest. “We’re hoping that is stirs something near to us, like having public art in South Walton.”

Although most murals are temporary because of outdoor elements, salvaging them has been discussed among the CAA and Grand Boulevard. Possible ideas for the future include showcasing them at public events and even using them in a traveling art exhibit.

“Instead of destroying them we have paid to have the panels replaced and keep the murals. Sara Lierly is a featured artist this year at the 30A Songwriter’s Festival so her mural might be a backdrop,” said Steele.

“Murals are meant for others,” said Adaro. “As a muralist when I was in Argentina, you know that they are meant for the public. I knew going into painting the mural that it was temporary and the CAA was kind enough to cover the costs of painting them. Murals are not really created to be sold or kept; they’re meant to be enjoyed while they are up.”

In the meantime, the murals will be kept in the CAA’s possession once they have been removed.

This mural by local artist Justin Lyons is one of the three murals that will be removed at Grand Boulevard.