About the Muralist:
Tamara (aka Tea) Brown is a local artist from Lansing, best known for her paintings and murals. She was the first muralist chosen for Lansing’s ArtPath 2018, where she created an inspiring mural entitled “Break Free” located under the Shiawassee Street bridge. This mural won her People’s Choice Award. She participated in Artprize 2017 with a bright, colorful, 1200 sq. ft. mural in Grand Rapids entitled “Be the Light”. Her Artprize 2018 display was a large sculpture titled “Water of Life” made from over 1,300 plastic water bottles.
She is committed to this project and is volunteering many of her hours to work one/one with the individual groups as they learn techniques and how to scale their image to become an 8'x10' mural.
Prep work and a good foundation is important for a project of this size!!
The tunnel was power washed on May 30.
THANK YOU to Smith Lawnscapes for supplying the water source (75 gallons)!
The Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC) is so excited to announce the “Legendary Artists Passage” community mural project. This mural is located under Business 27 in St. Johns along the Fred Meijer CIS Trail; just north of Railroad Street.
This project was structured to be educational while also aiming to promote local talent and engage the community by turning empty walls into huge public canvases and the results will have a lasting effect on our local neighborhood.
We contracted with muralist, Tamara Brown (Tea) of Tea Time Art, LLC., who painted the north side of the underpass.
Eight groups painted an 8’x10’ section on the south side, representing a legendary artist. As a team; they have researched the artist and designed a composition that represents that artist’s timeline in history and/or style of work. Each group worked closely with Tea to scale their design. Mural installation was completed in July 2019.
We believe this project has built a stronger sense of community. The mural makes the trail welcoming and walkable; a place many will seek out and enjoy.
We also feel it is important to lift our youth’s creativity and teach them to take pride in their artistic talents. This project has taught the young people to collaborate and work together during the various steps required to paint and design a mural.
This project is approved and supported by the City of St. John's City Manager and the Mid-West Trail Authority.
Participating groups include:
Butler Financial Group/Brian Whifield - Pablo Picasso
City PSD/DDA sponsoring the St. Johns High School Art Dept - Frida Kahlo
CCEA sponsoring Fowler Schools Art Dept - Peter Max
Ovid-Elsie National Honors Art Society - Vincent van Gogh
DeWitt High School Art Department - Andy Warhol
Kiwanis Club - Winslow Homer
Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative (MYOI) - Bob Ross
Studio Retreat & Art Gallery - Salvador Dali
The Clinton County Arts Council is a non-profit organization and graciously received grant funding from the St. Johns Area Community Fund and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Arts Council of Great Lansing assisted with the Regional Grant Process. A donation from Meijer assisted to provide a clear coat of anti-graffiti protection which also helps preserve the mural.
The tunnel underpass was then painted with 3-4 coats of base primer. Materials and supplies were provided by Freedom Floor Coverings!