Local Artist At Work On ‘Welcome To Newtown’ Mural

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Newtown Bee  || Published July 14, 2017

Those who travel Church Hill Road may have spotted some new art under the railroad overpass next to Newtown Veterinary Specialists and wondered, “Who has been painting that?”

The Newtown Bee was fortunate enough to spot local artist and Newtown resident Virginia Zimmermann hard at work painting, and see her skills in action on Monday, July 10, at 1 pm.

As cars whizzed past on the road just a few feet away — with some people even pulling over to compliment her work — Ms Zimmermann set her paintbrush down and spoke with The Bee about the progress being made on her large piece of public art.

Years In The Making

In 2015, Ms Zimmermann applied for Connecticut’s highly competitive Regional Initiative Grant Program with the hopes of creating a mural for Newtown.

“In order to qualify to submit the grant, the artist or art group has to be affiliated with one of the seven Regional Art Alliances,” Ms Zimmermann explained.

As an affiliate with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in Danbury, her grant for $3,500 was awarded last October. It is supported in part by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

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