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July 17, 2013 — Two new murals by two Laramie artists are underway for the Laramie Mural Project, a collaboration among local artists, downtown building owners, Laramie Main Street Alliance and the University of Wyoming Art Museum.
Travis Ivey is working on the south wall of the Modern Printing building at Kearney Street between Second and Third streets. Meghan Meier has started on the north wall of The Big Dipper on Ivinson Street between First and Second streets.
Ivey says his mural, “Crossing Sherman Hill,” represents “an inspired panoramic landscape of the Laramie Range as it may have looked during the Big Boy steam engine era. Rather than incorporating an actual route over Sherman Hill, this piece is interpretive of the entire area between Cheyenne and Laramie, complete with the sweeping plains and rocky outcroppings, the Ames Monument and Dale Creek Trestle."
Meier’s mural, “Grainery Grove II,” extends her mural of fanciful aspen trees that was completed on the building in 2012.
Ivey and Meier will be on site for several weeks to complete the large murals. The public is invited to stop by and watch the artists work. Additional murals by local artists Jeff Hubbell and Dan Toro are planned later this summer.
The Guthrie Family Foundation, Laramie Beautification Committee, Wyoming Arts Council and the city of Laramie have funded the Laramie Mural Project. A Kickstarter campaign was recently launched to raise additional funds for future murals.
Kickstarter is an online tool to help raise funds for unique individual or community projects. Funds donated are received only if the total fundraising goal is met. The Laramie Mural Project has a goal of $15,000 by July 21, in an all or nothing campaign.
To learn more about the murals, artists and the Laramie Mural Project, and to continue the project, visit www.laramiemuralproject.org.
Laramie artist Travis Ivey works on his mural, “Crossing Sherman Hill,” on the Modern Printing building at Kearney Street. (UW Art Museum)