WAM! Winchester Art Murals Project

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Raised by 55 people in 7 months
We want art! The community deserves art! Let's give them art! The Winchester Art Murals Project is looking to paint our town a little brighter, and we need your help.

The Winchester Art Murals project goal is to beautify underutilized spaces and increase arts awareness and tourism in Winchester, Virginia. The project is set to begin in Old Town Winchester's Indian Alley focusing on bringing interesting art on the backs and sides of buildings.

Why Indian Alley in Winchester? Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley just North of Washington DC is Winchester, Virginia. The city center has the quaintness of a small town feel yet is busy with commerce and diversity with wonderful restaurants, shops, theaters, music halls, art galleries, farm markets and street festivals. Indian Alley is a well traveled thoroughfare for cars and pedestrians alike and sits in downtown, historic Winchester's shopping district on a beautiful, pedestrian mall with Late Victorian and Itialianate architecture, dating mostly from the 1800s thru the early 1900s.

Some of these buildings have been updated, but the backs of most of these buildings are kind of drab, and Indian Alley sees a lot of action between drive-thru traffic and pedestrians either hustling or strolling from the parking garage to the walking mall for work or play. There are even festivals held on Indian Alley, making it the perfect place to enjoy mural art.

Who am I and why do I care about art?
My name is Kim Johnston, and I am an active resident in the City of Winchester. I have lived here for 7 years and absolutely love living in the historic district. I enjoy the quaintness, the accessibility, the walkability and the overall vibe of the town. It is a place I call home and am so happy to work and raise my family here.

I am a creative consultant and owner of the Winchester Art Market and organize or co-organize art events like WAM! and aMuse Art Fair. In the last few years, there has been a movement for more public art, and I hope to bring that to our community by spearheading the Winchester Art Murals project. My goal is to foster community while bringing color and art to the masses in the downtown area in which I live, work and love. 

Make it Matter. Who will benefit you ask? You will. I will. Our community will. By creating an ongoing mural program, I yearn to leave a legacy for my children and our community to enjoy for years to come, and it all starts with one mural at a time. And, that one mural starts with you (and me, and us together).

How can you help our community?
I am seeking sponsors and community funding and assistance to help create the magic. Your donations will be used wisely and go toward the following; artist/muralist, high quality, exterior paint and sealants, materials and supplies, scaffolding, permits, insurance, ongoing project management and for using the GoFundMe platform to make this mural project a reality.

When is the project set to begin? Now! Or, as soon as funds are raised. We'd like to have our first mural up by the end of August and in time for MATPRA, a huge travel bloggers event, held in September this year in Winchester. This is a terrific opportunity for publicity for our project and for sponsors.

For more information or to check on progress, please follow us here for updates or on Facebook via Winchester Art Murals or Winchester Art Market.

And, please share this with your network of Jedis. Every bit counts! Just imagine- if you and 10 of your friends gave $10 (or the cost of two lattes or iced mochas from Starbucks). We'd have $100 bucks! Imagine what we can do with a little more and with more people sharing and spreading the love. You will have cool art on cool buildings! It will become a reality. Our historic and quaint town will finally have a little more color.

Thank you in advance! I look forward to making magic, making it matter and painting our town a little brighter, one mural at a time.

Let's do this together!

Kim Johnston
WAM! Winchester Art Market and Murals
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THANK YOU!! First Winchester Art Mural in progress thanks to our supporters here. Artwork by Dennis Wymer who describes his work as Pop art meets street art meets portraiture meets selfie culture. He will be painting thru Mon, Sep 25th so please stop by and say hello and take a photo. Bright Center, 15 N Loudoun St on Indian Alley near Roma Wildfire Pizzaria back entrance.

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WAM! The first Winchester Art Murals project has been funded. THANK YOU to you all for your generosity and support! I'm proud of myself and our community for raising the $5,000 goal in just over 30 days, and I'm thrilled to announce that painting will begin soon, as in this weekend. That's right. Artist Dennis Wymer will be painting the Bright Center mural beginning this weekend.

So if you are around, please say hello, or bring a beverage or a bite to eat, a smile and snap a photo and post to our Facebook page, Winchester Art Murals. #colorourtown #winchesterartmuralsproject #paintingourtownalittlebrighter
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Artist selected for first WAM mural is Dennis Wymer from Virginia. (His self portrait is below). He teaches highschool studio art at a private school in Southwest Virginia and has limited days off and needs to paint beginning Sep 22nd. We're so close to our fundraising goal of $5,000 with less than $400 to go. Please help by donating and/or sharing.

Our first mural of the Winchester Art Murals project is going up on the North side of the Bright Center on Indian Alley. See pic below.

His mural will be bright and colorful.
Bright Center on Indian Alley to get WAM
Self portrait of artist Dennis Wymer
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Almost there thanx to the wonderful supporters of our community. The mural project has raised approx $4,000 in one month. We need just $1,000 more to reach our goal and begin painting.

Here's a sneak peak of the colors that will be used to paint our first mural. Vibrant colors in a drippy paint fashion. Perfect to brighten any day.

Please help us reach our goal, and donate and /or share. We're almost there!
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