The Lawrenceville Arts Commission (LAC) is thrilled to announce the launch of Lawrenceville’s first community mural project to transform a main throughway along Jackson Street into an artistic masterpiece. The mural, set to be created by accomplished artist Teresa Abboud, promises to be a captivating addition to the historic square as it welcomes visitors to Downtown Lawrenceville. This collaborative endeavor invites the Lawrenceville community to actively participate in creating public art, fostering a sense of unity and engagement.
The project began last December with an open call urging local artists to submit designs for a 1,867-square-foot mural with a portion designated for community participation. After careful deliberation, the Arts Commission narrowed a list of proposals from interested muralists and recommended Teresa Abboud as the finalist for the project. The City Council voted to approve the proposed artwork at their April 17 meeting.
“The community mural is a wonderful example of the creativity and unity that defines Lawrenceville,” said Mayor David Still. “We are proud to display this collaborative work that highlights the diversity and spirit of our city."
The mural, envisioned by artist Teresa Abboud, will bring new life to Lawrenceville’s already vibrant community. Drawing inspiration from various cultures and experiences, Teresa's artwork captures the essence of the City's continuous growth and flourishing spirit. The lively colors and imagery reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the community, showcasing Lawrenceville as an inclusive and welcoming place for all.
“I'm truly honored to be a part of this project and to collaborate with the Lawrenceville community,” said Teresa Abboud. “This mural is a celebration of our shared experiences, cultures, and dreams. Through art, we're coming together to create something beautiful and lasting that can resonate with anyone who encounters it."
The mural project kicks off from September 5 to September 7, during which artist Teresa Abboud will begin the “paint-by-numbers” style outline framework. Community members are invited to register to paint alongside Teresa on two select dates in September. There is no charge to participate. These hands-on sessions allow residents aged 13 and older to leave their mark in Lawrenceville, fostering a strong sense of community pride and continuing Lawrenceville’s appreciation for the arts. To ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for everyone involved, space is limited to 10 participants per time slot. To view dates, register to paint, and learn more about the project, visit lville.city/mural.
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About the Lawrenceville Arts Commission
The Lawrenceville Arts Commission (LAC) was organized in 2019 and launched in 2020 to promote the expansion, education, and enhancement of public art in the City of Lawrenceville. The LAC’s mission is to emphasize the role of the arts in the cultural enrichment and aesthetic quality of the City’s physical environment, the mental well-being of the City’s residents, and the community heritage, character, and identity of the City as a livable, sustainable, vibrant hub for the arts and artists.
About Teresa Abboud
Illustrator and fine artist Teresa Abboud brings a fusion of cultures to her captivating work in Atlanta's art scene. Trained in 2D illustration and animation at Lebanon's Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Teresa's creative journey spans continents. After relocating to Atlanta, she founded "Teresa Afternoon," channeling her experiences into diverse artistic expressions. Her "Coffee Time" collection, inspired by memories of Lebanese coffee shared with her mother, encapsulates her belief in art's power to unite humanity. Teresa's art transcends boundaries, striving to forge connections through her keen observations and nostalgic explorations. In her words, "Art is the language that I share with the world," showcasing her commitment to fostering unity through creativity.