TYBEE'S  PUBLIC  MURAL  PROJECT

(photo by robert s. cooper/ for the savannah morning news)

(photo by robert s. cooper/ for the savannah morning news)

In 2014, program directors and design committee volunteers developed a comprehensive plan for murals, providing consistency and preservation guidelines for anyone wishing to showcase a mural on their business or property, which complements the city’s revised sign ordinance. The mural guidelines can be found online at http\://www.cityoftybee.org/DocumentCenter/View/150.

The City of Tybee Island’s Development Authority / Main Street Program initiated a Public Mural Project in keeping with part of its mission of supporting and encouraging the arts on the island.  The concept for a public mural began a few years ago when program directors identified a need to highlight the arts more in an area of downtown that was visually empty.  Details were developed by volunteers with the program’s design committee in partnership with the Tybee Arts Association.  The murals feature landmark buildings, recreational activities and natural attractions, past and present. They represent the essence of Tybee Island’s heritage and vibrant community by depicting the character, culture, and history of the island.  In November of 2015, the proposal was approved by program directors, was given the blessing to proceed by the Mayor and City Council, and confirmed by the owners of the wall that is serving as the “palette” for the murals.  Immediately following these steps, work began.

The first mural was unveiled during the Interactive Art Street Party on Saturday, November 5, 2016.   Tybee Arts Association member, Bonnie Smith, with help from an assistant, was the Muralist for the first mural. Over $3,500 in donations for materials were generously provided by a variety of companies and individuals thanks to the hard work of Program Director and TAA member, Sarah Bernzott.

Tybee Arts Association Artist Denise Elliot-Vernon graciously agreed to be the Muralist helping with the overall design for the second and third murals. Denise had a team of local artists help her with the painting of the second and third mural. See the picture below that includes those who willingly volunteered to be a part of this project.

The complete project includes a total of three 12’ x 4’ panels that depict the essence of Tybee’s history, character, and culture. The murals are intended to create a lasting visual impact in downtown, be a symbol of the City’s commitment to art, and instill community pride.

mural 1

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The first mural was unveiled during the Interactive Art Street Party on Saturday, November 5, 2016. 
 Tybee Arts Association member, Bonnie Smith along with an assistant, was the Muralist for the first mural. Over $3,500 in donations for materials were generously provided by a variety of companies and individuals thanks to the hard work of Program Director and TAA member, Sarah Bernzott.

mural 2 & 3

(photo taken by MeWha) (Pictured left to right: Beth Tanner, Denise Elliot-Vernon, Cathy Lewis, Denise Titus, Helen Tierney, Lin Conaway, Mary Lou Vandenburg and Kathleen Reif)

(photo taken by MeWha)

(Pictured left to right: Beth Tanner, Denise Elliot-Vernon, Cathy Lewis, Denise Titus, Helen Tierney, Lin Conaway, Mary Lou Vandenburg and Kathleen Reif)

(photo by robert s. cooper/ for the savannah morning news)

(photo by robert s. cooper/ for the savannah morning news)

On Tuesday, May 23, the Mayor and City Council members joined members of the Tybee Arts Association and Development Authority/Main Street in unveiling the 2nd and 3rd Murals of the Public Mural Project. Artist Denise Elliot Vernon designed the murals, based on set concepts, and brought them to life with help from numerous community partners.