Rosewood Community Mural and Apprentice Program

Rosewood Mural Team 2022

As part of Rosewood Arts Center’s renovation project, which is currently underway, a community mural will adorn the exterior of the building. Designed by Atalie Gagnet, the mural is made possible through a special partnership with the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (DPC), students in the Kettering City Schools, and Kettering residents. Three Fairmont High School students  were chosen from a pool of 21 applicants from across the Miami Valley to apprentice with Atalie and paint the mural. The apprentices are Fairmont High School 2022 graduates Yara Chaouali and Haley Franklin and rising senior Lily Rueckhaus (mural apprentices pictured, left).

Rosewood Community Mural

The mural is being designed through a partnership with the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (DPC), students in the Kettering City Schools, Kettering residents and Atalie Gagnet, a professional mural artist. The DPC facilitated printmaking workshops at Kettering Middle School, Fairmont High School, the Kettering Recreation Complex and Rosewood Arts Center during the fall of 2021. Utilizing the dialogues and artwork created through the workshops, Gagnet is creating a site-specific, final artwork design, and will employ Kettering teenagers to assist in the mural painting in summer 2022.

Workshops with Lindsay Gustafson's Kettering Middle School Art Club and Meghan Dillon's Fairmont High School's International Baccalaureate students took place in October.  Community workshops took place in November 13 at Rosewood Arts Center and December at the Kettering Recreation Center.

Project Timeline
Fall 2021
Dayton Printmakers Cooperative Workshops in Kettering, led by Barb Weinert-McBee, Kim Vito, Jacyln Stephens and Micah Zavacky

January - March 2022
Atalie Gagnet and Print Cooperative member meetings; Gagnet creates mural design

March 2022
Mural design approved by community stakeholders and City advisory committees

April 2022
Apprentice Interviews

June 2022
Apprentice Orientations; Mural painting begins

Summer 2022
Mural Painting
Mural Dedication

About our partners

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Kim Vito, Trellis, Intaglio

The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (DPC) is a membership-based organization that provides specialized printmaking facilities to its members and educational opportunities to the public.  Kim Vito is currently a Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Wright State, and exhibits her work regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Barbara Weinert-McBee  has participated in numerous local and regional exhibitions and has received numerous awards. Jaclyn Stephens is a multi-disciplinary artist who has exhibited across the Dayton region.  Micah Zavacky is a recent recipient of the Culture Works Artist Opportunity Grant, and has exhibited his work throughout the Dayton region.

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Atalie Gagnet, Levitt Pavilion Mural, 2021

Kettering City Schools students are participating through special in-class workshops with Lindsay Gustafson’s Art Club at Kettering Middle School, and Meghan Dillon’s International Baccalaureate students at Fairmont High School.

Atalie Gagnet is an artist and mural painter with over a decade of experience.  Her notable murals are numerous and include commissioned works with the Levitt Pavilion, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, ArtWorks Cincinnati, and the Gem City Market.

Acknowledgements

This project is managed by Rosewood Arts Center and the CitySites Percent for Art Program, and supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council and the Montgomery County Arts and Culture District with Culture Works.

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