After more than four months of hard work, local artist Angelica Pozo is ready to debut her community mural in Tremont’s Lincoln Park. Since the beginning of February, Pozo has been working with nearly 400 members of the community to hand-paint over 1,000 ceramic tiles.
“After months, sometimes years of work, at installation it always feels kind of like Christmas seeing the mural slowly take shape before my eyes,” Pozo reflects. “It’s the revealing of what had been just a vision in my mind. What were all just bits and pieces – individual tiles, pieces of shard, numerous sketches and mathematical computations, interactions with hundreds of people – has finally come together. It has been fun while installing over the weekend to have participants come by and start looking for their tile. Everyone has been amazed and quite pleased with the new addition to our Lincoln Park.”
The 54-ft. long Tremont Community Mural is made up of larger ceramic tiles painted by neighborhood artists, amateur through professional, including the advanced art class at Tremont Montessori.
“There are also about 60 black and white renditions of historic images on the wall created by 13 Illustrators Core Group members, myself along with 5 Tremont Montessori students,” Pozo explains. “These were mostly drawn directly onto the tile with glaze using a pen-and-ink like technique I developed. A coral colored band of bullnose tile defines the top of the mural with broken tile mosaic spelling out ‘Tremont’ interspersed with the names of our communities 10 block club groups. End caps bear logos of our major funders – Ohio Arts Council and Neighborhood Connections as well as neighborhood church and merchant sponsors who bought tiles to help cover costs of the mural.”
Pozo’s goal was to engage as many residents, of all ages and artistic abilities, as possible. These larger black and white panels depict images of the Tremont neighborhood, and will be surrounded by smaller, more colorful 3 in. by 3 in. ceramic tiles decorated by the rest of the community at sessions throughout the winter.
“A collaborative mural project is quite a journey,” Pozo says. “I am so grateful to the participants who decided to take this trip with me. To the many volunteers in my core groups who came week after week to help with all the other aspects that go into creating a tile mural. They got the full glimpse of the many steps, the many considerations that are part of an artist’s process.”
Pozo hopes the mural project will be a catalyst for uniting the diverse neighborhood. “So yes, I am not merely giving participants the opportunity to personalize a tile, I am also trying to give participants the opportunity to grow artistically, provide some arts learning experiences,” says Pozo. “And then for me it is not just about teaching. I love being able to design a project and provide a vehicle that brings a group, in this case a community together, instilling a sense of collective pride, while boosting individual self-confidence as one grasps this is something greater than the sum of the individual parts.”
Organizers are hosting a celebration at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, June 21, during the Tremont Farmers Market. Following the dedication ceremony, Wine Press (2221 Professor Ave.) hosts a celebratory gathering in its backroom at 7 p.m.
“At our dedication on June 21 will be Chiquita Mullins Lee, Arts Learning Coordinator for Ohio Arts Council,” reveals Pozo. “Also saying a few words will be Thomas B. Schorgl, President and CEO of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture as well as our new City Councilman, Kerry McCormack.”
(Lincoln Park) W. 14th, Kenilworth, Starkweather and W. 11th