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Mural Completed by CPCC Levine Painting Instructor - Larry Ferguson
CPCC Levine Painting Instructor Larry Ferguson and friends spent about 300 hours this spring and summer painting a large mural at Poplin Elementary School in Indian Trail. The mural, 18 feet wide and 11 feet tall, depicts kids painting a mural about their community. The school had received a grant from the Union County Community Arts Council during the 2012-2013 school year to create a mural in the front hallway. While school officials anticipated something around 8 or 10 feet wide, Ferguson, who calls himself “a true non-businessman”, suggested using the entire wall-almost five times larger in area.
Actual painting started in early May. “The kids got really excited when they saw me just priming the wall white,” said Ferguson, “So I knew everything from that point on would be gravy. The creative part was the most fun, and several people, including the kids, added some really good suggestions along the way.”
About a dozen, second, third, fourth and fifth graders helped paint the flowers, the rock and several other items during the 2012-2013 school year. Two of Ferguson’s former CPCC painting students, Anthony Edwards and Ashley Robertson, helped with the early stages, while Luise Woehrer and Nanette MacLellan, friends from Mint Hill Arts, helped in the latter stages. Final brush strokes were applied on August 23, just in time for the Poplin Open House that afternoon. During the 2012-2013 school year Ferguson regularly visited with students during art classes to share techniques he would be using in the mural.
Shannon Helms, Poplin’s Art Teacher, said, “This mural is truly a point of pride for our Poplin Community! We are so lucky to have had Larry for this project. While the majority of the work was completed prior to school ending last school year, Larry continued perfecting it over the summer. What a wonderful experience, for our students to see how an artist accomplishes a work of this scale. It is a masterpiece!”
“It was definitely my kind of job,” said Ferguson, “a little money—and a lot of work.”
“The kids would come by every day and check the progress on the wall. Then they would smile and say ‘You’re a great artist.’ That was worth much more than the money!” said Ferguson.
Written by: Larry Ferguson and Beth Medlin
Posted: Sep 13, 2013 by Elizabeth Medlin