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Celebrating Patterns of Life - The Concept


Celebrating Berea’s distinctive heritage. Honoring the variety of cultural customs and histories of Berea’s residents. We are five women artists who departed our familiar mediums to create a mural around this common vision.


Appalachian geography and customs help define Berea as a place. The combined heritage of its residents defines Berea’s community. Our challenge was to celebrate this coming together. We began with individual ideas and visions, discussing and collaborating until they evolved into one unifying theme – patterns.


Patterns are universal and in this project symbolize the people and cultures that shape Berea. We found many inspirations in the everyday patterns of life. Quilts, woven blankets, rugs, clothing, tents, pottery, even signs provided us with pattern.


These patterns emerge in a distinctively Berea landscape–the pinnacle. The mural pinnacles come together as we do – celebrating, blending, complementing and accentuating one another.


The mural would not be complete without a symbolic nod to the meaning of the word Berea. “The living waters” flow out of windows. These waters serve as a visual metaphor for the livelihood of Berea, they remind us that through sharing this place we are all sustained and energized.