A Mural of Hope

Article Published: Jul. 29, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
A Mural of Hope

Artist Brenda Mauney Councill is working in the rafters atop a two-story scaffold. Her painting on large scale wall murals to adorn the newest facility at the Grandfather Home for Children - Campbell Cottage - is underway. The project is sponsored by a donor who felt that murals were a fitting way to communicate inspirational themes to the children who will reside in Campbell Cottage starting this fall.

The murals will narrate enduring themes of hope, love, healing and redemption. The viewer will conceive a beginning and an end (Alpha /Omega) through iconographic symbolism.

Transformation and the spirit of healing and forgiveness will be seen and felt. Classic icons combined with trompel'oeil (fool the eye) style will add a series of illusions to the paintings.

Councill said: "to reach children and young adults, I chose simple yet thought-provoking symbols that gently narrate a central theme. This coupled with soothing colors and bold statements of light and shadow create an ethereal and inspirational narration."

Visitors are invited to view the "artist at work" during public events at Grandfather Home over the next two months. The two murals will be completed in mid-August and unveiled during the Campbell Cottage dedication on August 27 at 4 PM. For more information about viewing the mural work, contact Pangshua Khang at (828) 898-5465 or (p.khang@grandfatherhome.org)

Residents of the High Country can view Brenda Councill permanent murals at the Belk Library Atrium at Appalachian State University. Another recent commission includes a future large sculpture installation to be featured in the grand foyer of the New Education Building on the ASU campus. To view pictures and learn more about Brenda, visit http://www.councill.net.

Councill's professional career spans 35 years. She continues to garner international attention with her large-scale painting, particularly dome ceilings, tackling projects that often put her "high" in the world of art. Martha Stewart has called Ms. Councill, "Michelle-angelo," after Stewart climbed a towering 85 feet of scaffolding to meet the artist. That project in Kannapolis, NC and completed in 2008, is now the largest painted dome in the southeast.

Grandfather Home for Children specializes in residential treatment on campus, therapeutic and family foster care, a charter school, intensive in-home support and day treatment programs. Its mission is to provide love and healing to children who suffer from abuse and neglect. Visit http://www.grandfatherhome.org for more information.

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