Downtown Lake Mary has developed a flair for the arts with the installation of several outdoor murals by local artists.
With its popular shops, restaurants, and beautifully quaint appeal, Lake Mary’s downtown district is often buzzing with excitement. Most recently, the area has developed a flair for the arts with the installation of several outdoor murals by local artists.
Downtown business owners partnered with developer Shaw Properties to sponsor contests to give local mural artists a chance to show off their skills and help beautify the city. Each mural winner receives $500 and all necessary supplies to complete their project – not to mention a prime spot to display their talent and creativity.
Winners Ronni Villanueva and Jill Jordan were the first to make their marks on the city. (You can see their extraordinary work in an alleyway near the corner of W. Lakeview Avenue and N. 4th Street.) To all those talented artists out there, keep your eyes peeled for other upcoming mural contests by following @DowntownLakeMary on Instagram.
Ronni Villanueva Makes Lake Mary Pop
A longtime Lake Mary resident and Lake Mary High grad, Ronni Villanueva was the perfect artist to complete the first mural installation. Ronni, who describes her style as graphic and bold with simple clean lines, is now at UCF studying art education.
“I wanted to use this opportunity to make Lake Mary pop and showcase all the great things we have in our city,” says Ronni. “I have so many fond memories of growing up here, and I wanted to highlight that feeling and some of the iconic things we all recognize.”
Ronni’s mural features the City of Lake Mary water tower, the pedestrian overpass on Lake Mary Boulevard, the Lake Mary High Ram mascot, and a bicycle to symbolize the city’s many trails and its residents’ active lifestyle.
“This was my first mural, and it was such a fun experience,” says Ronni. “It also feels like I’ve made history in the area, and that’s awesome.”
Jill Jordan Gives Lake Mary Its Wings
Jill Jordan has been painting since she was a little girl.
“This year I turned 50, which is such a milestone, so I finally decided that I wanted to get my art out there,” says Jill, who marvels at the timing of winning downtown Lake Mary’s second mural contest. “It’s been like destiny fulfilled.”
The contest challenge was to Give Lake Mary Its Wings, which is part of a global movement in cities across the world where muralists paint larger-than-life wings in public spaces. Now, the city of Lake Mary joins the ranks thanks to Jill’s inspired artwork.
At over nine-feet tall, Jill’s intricate black-and-white wings incorporate Lake Mary landmarks with a tribal design twist. Passersby are having fun posing in front of the new mural and posting photos of themselves on social media.
“As it turns out, angel wings are very symbolic in my life,” says Jill, who spent more than 50 hours perfecting her mural. “The whole experience means so much to me.”
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