Spokane visual artist Melissa Cole currently doesn’t own an RV; but appreciates how having one could make her life “a lot easier” with her busy exhibition, festival and public art schedule.
“With as many art festivals as I’m doing this summer,” she says, “I really do wish I had an RV. It is something I’ve been thinking a lot about.”
In addition to producing canvases for festivals and her upcoming exhibition in India, Cole recently supervised six young artists in the creation of five huge outdoor murals.
The public art project was organized by the Spokane Arts Commission and WorkSource Spokane. It “is designed to provide a professional artist an opportunity to work with youth in a mentor/student relationship.”
Using a variety of primarily private funding sources, this summer’s mural project resulted in five themed walls on three different railroad underpasses in Spokane.
Since 1991, the mural project has been a “highly successful way to remove and fight graffiti in public places,” says Karen Mobley, director of the Spokane City Arts Commission.
Top photo: Artist Melissa Cole working on mural in the Lincoln Street viaduct. Bottom: One of the murals on Monroe Street. Photos by: Julianne Crane.