Take one look at Kimberly White's community mural project and you will see color, texture and variety. Look again and you will see a living piece of art that changes magically with each new contribution. The mural has visitors talking about fairy tales and picking up paint brushes.
White has been an artist all of her life, and she loves fairy tales. Those endearing timeless stories that spark the imagination were the inspiration for her current project, the "Fairytale and Folklore Artistic Encounter."
"These stories live on from generation to generation through renditions and verbal exchange,'' she said. "It seemed fitting to do a collaborative piece in which all ages and abilities could join in and share ideas and interpretations of fairy tales amongst each other. Professional artists' work, thought processes and ideas will be side by side against what a child has painted.''
The free event at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg continues Tuesday through Thursday of this week. It was designed to give visitors the opportunity to participate in an artistic encounter with White, an artist in residence at the center.
Visitors are encouraged to add their own unique touch to the mural using a wide array of acrylic paint colors, as long as it fits around the general theme.
"I am inviting visitors to get their hands dirty and directly contribute to the mural. I aim to have the piece evolve and go through various stages and processes in an unpredictable manner, like a chain of events," White said.
The final result of White's labor of love will be a 6- by 8-foot mural on plywood with a grainy folk art texture that will remain on display at the Morean Arts Center after the event concludes.
Influenced heavily by her extensive travels, White is originally from Essex, near London, England. She holds a master's degree in fine arts from the Royal College of Art in London. She is a resident of St. Petersburg, where she and her husband, Ertan Yildiz, are in the process of purchasing a home.
If you go
Fairytale and Folklore Artistic Encounter
When: The exhibit runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
For information: Call (727) 822-7872 or visit moreanartscenter.org.