WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2021) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District are partnering with a team of students from Dreyfoos School of the Art to bring a new mural to the corner of Clematis St. and Olive Ave. Work on the mural, entitled “Love Comes Naturally” is set to begin on March 13 while students are on spring break. Completion of the project will happen before May depending on the weather. The DDA chose the students’ design through a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in September 2020. The RFP provided clear guidelines for the artistic theme in which the selection committee identified the winning designs.
“When I heard about the DDA’s RFP, I knew I had to present the opportunity to my visual arts students,” said Erica Prince, a visual arts teacher at Dreyfoos School of the Arts.
“We talked through our options for the collaborative approach and decided to work on a design concept reflecting three different forms of love: familial, romantic and platonic,” said Gyongy Szaszvarosi, one of the mural artists and an 11th grade Visual Arts student at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. “Our design includes diverse figures, which represents the idea that love can be expressed in many ways, between all people.”
The team of three artists is led by visual arts student Jacyln Cohen, who uses watercolor, pastels, gold leaf, real pressed flowers and tree bark to express the ideas of connection of self-love. Cohen, who has experience organizing murals through the school’s mural society, will lead the team of three students selected to paint the mural onto the Olive Ave. wall. The other collaborating artist is Kyra Kramer.
Renderings of all designs can be found here. For more information about the DDA and its mission to bring the vitality and inspiration of the arts to residents and visitors of Downtown West Palm Beach, and more information about the A&E District, please visit DowntownWPB.com.
About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit DowntownWPB.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.
About Arts & Entertainment District
The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression. For more information about the A&E District, please visit DowntownWPBArts.com.