No one could have imagined the significance of a mural project in downtown Paonia over a year ago.
The owners of the Glennie Coombe Gallery LLC commissioned artist Seth Weber to paint a new mural for their building.
The new mural covered a mural with a collage of educational scenes for the Paonia Library by Dick Doherty. The building dates back to the 1890s and housed the town's library for many years.
That building now houses an art gallery and Ollie's Ice Cream Shop at Second and Grand. The owners, John and Susie Coombe, Mark Sprinkle and Sharon Huttanen wanted the mural to reflect the abundance of the North Fork Valley. With so many children visiting the ice cream shop, it was natural to want to have kids in the scene as well. Weber's daughter, Jubilee, loved Ollie's and wanted to be in the mural. So Seth included Jubilee in the sketch.
In 2013, it was discovered that Jubilee had a brain disease. Sadly, she died on July 1.
In August, preparatory work began on the mural. Weber completed the work and the dedication was this past Thursday, Sept. 26.
"The thought of doing this mural was pretty daunting, as you can imagine, on a heart level and an art level in every way," Seth Weber told those at the dedication. He questioned whether he could do it, but persevered.
"I was really blessed about doing Jubi's face. It was like she almost showed up and was helping me. When I did her eyes, all of a sudden it was Jubi staring back at me. It was beautiful for me as an artist to see that happen and see her little self come through."
Weber treasures the times people from town would come up and speak with him. Some would bring him a snack or something to drink. Others wanted to express their condolences. For him the mural became an amazing connection with the people.
John Coombe told those who attended the dedication, "Of all the incredible blessings we have in Paonia, this new one is very special. The artist volunteered to paint a new mural that captures the spirit of what the building is used for now. He created a painting that we love."
Weber believes the painting shows that hope shines through no matter what.blog comments powered by Disqus