'Painting Positivity' mural perks up Castle Rock

New downtown mural aims to inspire unity, positivity and hope.

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/11/21

Downtown Castle Rock recently got a little brighter with the unveiling of a new mural aimed at lightening everyone's day while adding more art to the town. With a goal to bring more positivity into …

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'Painting Positivity' mural perks up Castle Rock

New downtown mural aims to inspire unity, positivity and hope.

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Downtown Castle Rock recently got a little brighter with the unveiling of a new mural aimed at lightening everyone's day while adding more art to the town.

With a goal to bring more positivity into the community through art, the town's Public Art Commission and the Castle Rock Artist Cooperative teamed up to start adding more art throughout downtown. The latest effort is the mural at 407 Wilcox St. at the Fort CPA Group building.

The mural — said to encourage unity — positivity and hope, became reality after the commission issued a call for mural project ideas in March last year. Artists were invited to submit a proposal to provide a large-scale work of art using the theme, "Painting Positivity."

After receiving more than 70 entries, judges selected the concept created by artists Emma Gottschalk and Josh Eller. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the completion of the project, Gottschalk said the concept and design goes toward her true belief in the power of art.

“I am so honored,” she said. “As we worked on painting this, it was awesome to hang out here and have members of the community stop by and talk to us. It was tiring and exhausting to finish it but was so much fun.”

Gottschalk and Eller have nearly a decade of combined experience in fine art, mural production, and graphic design.

Castle Rock Councilmember Caryn Johnson said the mural is a testament to the concept that “we are stronger together.”

Nick Lucey, of the Castle Rock Artist Cooperative, said art is the heart and soul of a community's downtown. With all the negativity and issues brought about during COVID, Lucey said the positivity message is important right now.

“This mural hits the right note,” he said. “I appreciate the town being so open to art. This is going to be a great place to take selfies and reflect.”

Following the dedication, Mayor Jason Gray said he is proud Castle Rock continues to place an emphasis on introducing art to downtown.

“Whether you like the art or not, it's important to have,” Gray said. “It's really a testament to Castle Rock that art really matters. They say words matter, so does art. It really is a great art piece. Right now, positivity is a perfect message.”

In Castle Rock, the Public Art Commission works to acquire art for public buildings and parks. The group aims to create community vibrancy with art reflecting the town's charm, heritage, and beauty.

“The Public Art Commission believes that art is a powerful force for healing,” said Vice Chair Jen Perry. “While our world is struggling to come together in person, these art installations can remind us how connected we are as humans.”

Learn more about Painting Positivity and upcoming art installations at paintingpositivity.org.

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