Three mural designs and two artists were selected to install a mural on the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue and Maple Street, creating links between the Main Street and 7th Avenue neighborhoods in downtown Hendersonville.
The designs selected were “Bear Crossing” and “Hendo” by Diamond Cash and “Hendo Beeline” by Elizabeth and David Queen.
“The combination of these two local artists will truly create a unique walking trail that will connect the Main Street and 7th Avenue business districts,” said Jamie Carpenter, downtown manager for the town of Hendersonville, in A press release.
“All of the designs speak to the special qualities we have in Hendersonville and bring together a message of community.”
The designs were selected through public voting online and at downtown events including the Hendersonville Farmers Market, LoveHendo Saturday, Rhythm & Brews, Community Fest at Sullivan Park and the Lobby. from Hendersonville Town Hall.
According to the release, 157 in-person votes and 830 online votes contributed to the selection of the final design.
“Bear Crossing” will be installed from Grove Street to Pine Street.
“We constantly see bears walking to and from our area, so I thought it would be perfect to include them walking on the sidewalk leading into downtown,” Cash said in the statement.
“I’ll use bright colors for our mountains and a sunny background and a simple bear silhouette for the bears.”
“Hendo” will be installed from Pine to Maple Street.
“If you’re from the area, instead of using the word Hendersonville all the time, you can use the word ‘HENDO’,” Cash said. “I thought about the word and used sign language to spell the word. I wanted to use bright colors behind each hand connecting the sidewalk all together.
Born and raised in Henderson County, Cash had a fondness for the arts from an early age. This passion continued throughout her school years and as a participant in her local Boys and Girls Club, where she learned painting, drawing, photography and more.
She was ultimately inspired to continue her career. Cash graduated from UNC-Greensboro with her BA in Fine Arts and has since worked with fifth graders and adults with disabilities.
She put her knowledge to good use and started her own “Sip and Paint” business to teach the art of painting and more to those of all ages and abilities.
“The Hendo Beeline” is a collaboration between local artists Elizabeth and David Queen and the community and will be on Maple Street on Fifth Avenue at the historic depot.
“This mural concept leans heavily on the project’s mission of weaving the many Hendersonville threads into its making,” Elizabeth Queen said in the statement.
“It will be a honeycomb ‘yellow brick road’ through which pedestrians of all ages can jump, jump, meander through an illustrative border garden made up of native pollinators.”
The trail salutes the city’s status as Bee City USA and the recent downtown For the Good of the Hive mural.
Merging the past with the present, there are links to master gardeners, quilt makers, gemstone mines, and more. Most importantly, it celebrates the different stages of life and community by exploring the diversity and importance of enduring interactions between man, community and nature… especially pollinators.
As part of the creation of The Hendo Beeline, Elizabeth Queen invited local artists aged 3 to over 70 to contribute.
While she enjoys making art (not to mention beekeeping and organic gardening), Elizabeth Queen’s passion is collaborative public art that includes elements of community service.
An example of his “choreography and direction” of this type of collective work is Project Origami – a collaboration led by Elizabeth and international artist Yuri Tsuzuki, and involving the Nippon Center Foundation, students from Christ Church Episcopal School and the South Carolina Governors School and a broad swathe of the Upstate South Carolina community.
“Collaborative public art is not just a way to give back to places that influence who we are, but the ripple effect is endless. Imagine how excited someone will be to be able to ‘meet someone at Beeline’ and show a friend or a passerby, ‘this is me. I helped do this! Inspiring, empowering, affirming for young and old, ”she said.
David Queen is a Scottish metal sculptor who began his engineering career working with metals in the energy industry. His contemporary sculpture is based on his knowledge of the properties of materials, travel around the world, the experience of life and his understanding of the influence of Man on Nature and vice versa.
Most recently, David participated in an international art exhibition sponsored by the Gallery at Flat Rock with Jose Bayro C. and Robert T. Smith. David’s merging of this experience with his love of history, poetry and science, results in an authentic observation of the state of the world today and how we might take it from there. ‘here and is reflected in his sculptures.
Volunteer painting days will take place throughout the month of October. To register as a volunteer, go to hendersonvillenc.gov/volunteer.
The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery and more.
To learn more about the work funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the country – including the 244 funded projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all AARP Community Challenge projects and livable communities at aarp.org/livable.
The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville exist to identify, preserve and enhance the key factors that contribute to the authentic urban character of a small town in historic downtown Hendersonville.
Friends and the City of Hendersonville have made connections between the Main Street and 7th Avenue neighborhoods launched the Hendersonville Farmers Market in 2020 on Maple Street.
In late 2021 and early 2022, the Seventh Avenue Streetscape project will begin a $ 1.4 million investment in pedestrian and stormwater infrastructure and landscaping in the business district.
For more information, visit centre-villehendersonville.org.