Sierra Vista artist wins West End mural contest

Sierra Vista artist wins West End mural contest

SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Sierra Vista artist Joanne Berry's mural design was selected to appear on a prominent wall in the West End and garnered praise from members of the Sierra Vista City Council at a September meeting.

"The commission particularly liked Joanne's use of color and felt her design best embodied the theme for the contest because she tied together so many elements that make Sierra Vista extraordinary," Leisure and Library Services Director Victoria Yarbrough says.

Berry has lived in Sierra Vista since 1979 and her longtime love for the area inspired her to enter the contest sponsored by the City's Leisure and Library Services Department and the Arts and Humanities Commission. The commission chose Berry's design out of a pool of more than 30 entries.

Her design celebrates Sierra Vista's strapline "Extraordinary Skies. Uncommon Ground." and mimics the style of landscape quilts. The result is a vibrant patchwork of colors that frame examples of Sierra Vista's natural diversity, bicycling paths, sunsets, monsoon storms, sky island landscape, the San Pedro River, and other signature features that speak to Berry.

"I really just love everything I put in it," Berry said in a recent release. The more she thought about pursuing the project, the more she felt inspired by elements of the community and region she has called home for nearly 40 years.

"It does seem to represent so much of what's important to us here," City Council Member Gwen Calhoun said. "I think it's going to just really impress folks driving by. I know it would bring a smile to my face to go by that."

Berry received a $500 check at a City Council meeting in September, for winning the contest.  She is submitting a proposal to complete the mural itself, which will appear on the west-facing wall of the Century Link building on the northwest corner of North Garden Avenue and Fry Boulevard.

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