Amongst the hustle and bustle of the end of the school year, Southern High School art students came together to create a special mural for the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks South County Recreation Center in Harwood. The students are led by their art teacher, renowned American artist Michael Bell, who has created portraits for actors who had roles in the “Sopranos,” “Goodfellas,” and “A Bronx Tale.” The talented students are from studio one to AP drawing classes and range from 9 th grade to 12 th grade.
“We’ve been extremely active each year creating public art murals and giving back to the community” said Michael Bell. “This was, by far, the largest scale mural I’ve done with our students, but also one of the most successful. I hope it helps bring more attention to the South County Recreation Center and gives the participating students a sense of belonging”.
This special mural is being painted on the exterior wall and the entrance area of the South County Recreation Center located at 4510 Owensville Sudley Road. The mural is intended to be a colorful illustration of life in the Southern portion of Anne Arundel County and activities offered at the Recreation Center.
Artists from the Muddy Creek Artists Guild have contributed their time to the mural as well. They have been painting alongside the students on this truly collaborative project. This effort is made possible by a combination of County resources and community donations. Partners include Anne Arundel Recreation & Parks, Southern High School, and the Muddy Creek Artist Guild.
Thank you to the Annapolis Home Depot for scouring stores from Annapolis to Pasadena to find the right paint, to Ace Home & Leisure on Central Avenue for donating tarps and paint brushes, to Deale Hardware for donating paint brushes, and to the maintenance crews for delivering the scaffolding and ladders.
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