Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County’s Nappanee Clubhouse are flexing their artistic muscles for a project that is highlighting their abstract vision of themselves.
The “This Is Me” quilt mural is a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County and the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was made possible by grant assistance from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.
Local artist Jeff Stillson, who has painted most of the 23 quilt murals on display throughout Elkhart County, has been the lead instructor for the classes, working alongside art instructors from the Boys & Girls Club. He’s been meeting with Club members every Friday for the past several weeks.
“The kids are excited to see their hard work and creativity come to life,” Stillson said. “It’s our hope that we can expand this project to Boys & Girls Club students throughout Elkhart County to build something that reflects the vibrancy of our youth.”
The self-portraits will be assembled into a larger display in the community in the coming weeks.
There are 16 quilt gardens and 23 quilt murals in six Elkhart County cities and towns, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to enjoy the beauty of art in flowers and murals.
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