The mural celebrates Roanoke’s love for the outdoors and the many athletic activities that take place at and nearby to River’s Edge. By highlighting local activities such as mountain biking, running, and kayaking along our Roanoke River Blueway, Murrill has built partnerships with a number of Roanoke’s organizations and athletic groups. The Roanoke Outside Foundation, Fleet Feet, Run About Sports, Carilion Clinic, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine have each expressed interest in participating during the upcoming community painting days at the mural site.
As a former educator at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke City, Murrill has spent the past ten years building a passion for the arts in others. Now as a full-time muralist he hopes to bring joy and share ownership with the Roanoke community through his “community painting days.” This model was adopted last year as Murrill led teams of volunteers to bring a series of public murals to walls along our greenways in Southeast Roanoke.
“I am so excited to work alongside the Roanoke community this August,” says Murrill. “Personally, the fields at River’s Edge have been a part of my life in Roanoke since I was a child. I remember watching games at old Victory Stadium, participating in sports at these fields for many years, and now I take my own children to play and enjoy this amazing outdoor space we have here in the heart of Roanoke.”
The project is funded through the City of Roanoke Percent for Art Fund. Supportive and engaged partners include Play Roanoke, Neighbors in South Roanoke, Downtown Roanoke, Inc., Carilion Clinic, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Work is set to begin this August and will include more than 14 community sessions led by the artist. Murrill states, “Come as you are and ready to paint! These experiences are meant to be fun and educational and we find a role for each volunteer regardless of their skill level or artistic background.”
Sign-up links will be posted at www.roanokearts.org/edge this July.