I will be painting a mural of a singer on the side of a tunnel in southwest Atlanta as part of Art on the Atlanta Beltline. Above is a mockup of what the finished wall will look like.
I started a Singer series in 2009 after seeing a billboard featuring a black and white photo of Bessie Smith. Her arms were up, her eyes were closed. She could have been singing, or praying, but something in it moved me and compelled me to start the series.
Years ago the model for this mural came into my studio and sang gospel songs that his mother had sung to him as a child, and a number of my Singer series paintings are of him. He recently came back into my studio to work with me on this mural project. He filled the studio with gospel songs, with a voice that was strong and emotional. I am determined to bring the beauty of those songs, and the healing energy he brought into my studio, to this mural. And my hope is that this mural will bring the same beauty and healing and hope to those walking by the mural as it brought to me that day in my studio. Even if only for a moment.
Would you partner with me to bring this image of hope and healing to the community? The mural budget is $8,000. Art on the Beltline is funding $4,000 of the project, and I am seeking an additional $4,000 to fund the project. This will help with project costs (power washing to prep site, clear coat priming, painting, applying anti-graphiti coating) and support me as an artist, allowing me to continue doing work that impacts the community.
tunnel under Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, near intersection of Cascade Rd. SW in Atlanta
"Singer", watercolor, 2010
About Suzy Schultz
Suzy writes of her work:
There is a first innocence – a beauty that is young, unmarred, untested.
There is a second innocence – one in which the beauty is a result of the scars borne from the battles of life. I am interested in this second innocence.
I work the surface. I sand, layer, and scar, wanting to reproduce a piece that has a patina of age, and it is out of these surfaces that figures emerge. I seek figures, faces that seem to be familiar with the tensions of life. That bear some battle scars. And yet, have victory, even if a crippled or limping one.
Suzy has painted full-time since 1995, and has won many awards for her work. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Drawing, and Watercolor Magic magazines. She has also had work published in art books by Rockport Publishers and International Artist Publishers, as well as Strokes of Genius 2, Strokes of Genius 3, Northlight Publishers, and Splash 13: Alternative Approaches, F & W Media, and will be in the upcoming books Strokes of Genius 6 and Art Journey: People. Her work has been juried into many shows, most recently The Philadelphia Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Contemporary Realism Biennial, and “Georgia Artists Select Georgia Artists” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA.
How you can help
Even if you can't help fund the campaign, please help get the word out. I would be thankful for shares on social media, or old-fashioned word of mouth.
Website and Social media info
on Instagram: suzyschultz11
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