Mural design announced for the connection between Main Street and Seventh Avenue
Three mural designs and two artists were selected to install a mural on the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue and Maple Street, making connections between Main Street and the historic Seventh Avenue district in downtown Hendersonville.
The designs selected were âBear Crossingâ and âHendoâ by Diamond Cash and âHendo Beelineâ by Elizabeth and David Queen.
“The combination of these two local artists will truly create a unique walking trail that connects the Main Street and 7th Avenue business districts.” said Jamie Carpenter, downtown manager of the city. “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 in the Lobby. from Hendersonville Town Hall. A total of 157 in-person votes and 830 online votes contributed to the selection of the final design.
âBear Crossingâ will be installed from Grove Street to Pine Street.
âWe 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,â said Cash, the artist. “I’ll use bright colors for our mountains and a sunny background and a simple bear silhouette for the bears.”
âHendoâ will be installed from Pine to Maple Street.
âIf you’re from the area, instead of using the word Hendersonville all the time, you can use the word ‘HENDO’,â Cash said. âI 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, Diamond Cash loved the arts from a young 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts and has since worked with K-5 students and adults with disabilities. She put her knowledge to good use and started her own âSip and Paintâ 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 this community and will be on Maple Street from 5th Avenue to the historic depot. âThis mural concept draws heavily on the project’s mission to weave the many Hendersonville threads into its making,â said Elizabeth Queen. “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 our status as Bee City USA and the recent downtown For the Good of the Hive mural.
Merging our past with our present, there are links to our master gardeners, quilt makers, gemstone mines and more. Most importantly, it celebrates the different stages of our lives and our community by exploring the diversity and importance of enduring interactions between humans, community and natureâ¦ especially pollinators. As part of the creation of The Hendo Beeline, 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 also has a passion for collaborative public art that includes elements of community service. An example of his âchoreography and directionâ 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 SC Governors School and a broad band of the Upstate SC community. âCollaborative 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! Inspire, empower, affirm for young and old, âsays Queen.
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 Gallery @ Flatrock 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 where we could take it from. from 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.