New Mural at BBCW Involves Local Children
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 16, 2017
A local artist is collaborating with local children on a mural that will grace a hallway at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Sarah Shearer is working on her third mural at the Center, which will be completed by children at tomorrow’s November Family Fun Day, which takes place from 3-7 p.m. The emphasis during this event, which is free for members, is on family activities and hands-on projects. One of the most prominent of these projects is the mural that Shearer is currently working on.
The mural, featuring aspen trees and a mountain backdrop, is in the curved hallway leading to the classrooms below the Draper Museum of Natural History. This is the third mural that Shearer has painted in the hallway – but she says it won’t be complete until tomorrow.
Shearer, an accomplished artist, has collaborated with local children on the two other murals currently adorning the walls of the classroom hallway, depicting spring and winter. Shearer says that at first, the idea of creating a permanent addition to such a high profile museum was intimidating.
The mural project isn’t the only activity happening at the Center of the West tomorrow. Adults and children can practice carding and spinning wool, and learn about some Native American heirloom variety plants.
The Center will serve a complimentary dinner from 4:30–6:30 p.m. for the first 200 Family Fun Day participants. Thanks to a grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation, all of the Family Fun Days are free for Center of the West members, and just $10 per family for non-members.
– Photo by Sarah Shearer