Orpheum Theater Mural to Unveil

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After two years, the “Sound of Flight” mural on the east side of the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff is complete. The artists are throwing a grand Dedication Celebration on Saturday November 7th, from 2-5pm.

Come on down to the East Orpheum wall at 15 W. Aspen Ave. for an afternoon of food, refreshments and entertainment. Flagstaff’s own Sambatuque will open the event and performances from Flagstaff Aerialists and the young and talented musicians of “Tow’rs” will take place right in front of the mural. Prescott’s own, Jonathan Best, will be showing off the outlandish keyboard and looping technique that has inspired some to call him a musical genius. Just like the mural itself, be sure to expect a few surprises during the free afternoon of festivities.

Sky Black and Mural Mice artists R.E. Wall and Margaret Dewar began the painting effort for the “Sound of Flight” mural in 2014, and believe the 4500 square foot mural to be the largest in the state. Shortly after Black conceived the idea for the mural in 2013, he asked the Mural Mice, a veteran team with murals throughout Arizona to join the effort. Together the artists united with the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project to raise funds. The “Sound of Flight” mural was created with community support from ninety local business sponsors and over 500 individual donations. The project was also made possible through grants from the BBB tax ,which are awarded by the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Beautification and Public Art Commission.

“It’s a symphony of color,” said local artist, Shonto Begay who has been a friend and supporter of the project. The mural is influenced by classical art with Sky Black’s characteristic surrealist tendency. The striking image of a hundred birds flying out of an ornately decorated grand piano depicts the climax of a song. The birds make their way across the wall past the twenty-five foot figures of Michelangelo’s “David” and a woman in red. They then migrate over the head of a howling wolf and Rodin’s statue, the “Thinker”, and into the sun as it sets on the Grand Canyon.

For the artists, this final event more than marks the completion of their efforts, it’s a chance to thank everyone who has contributed to, supported and appreciated the project as it took form during the past two years. “The project could not have been possible without the generosity of the Flagstaff community,” said Black. The artists invite one and all to this free and final Dedication Celebration for the “Sound of Flight” mural.

Sound of Flight Benefit Takes the Stage

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The Second Phase of our 2015 Sound of Flight mural project is in full motion.

The Mural Mice are currently teamed up with artist Sky Black to paint the largest mural in Northern Arizona on the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff. It all began in April 2015, when project artists Margaret Dewar, R.E. Wall and Sky Black took to the streets on a mission to raise $40,000 in two months. Their grassroots effort included; tabling at First Friday and Farmers Market events, a sponsorship drive that brought in close to two dozen new sponsors, an on-line Crowd Share campaign that successfully raised $15,000, and a benefit concert.

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 All told, the fundraising campaign is close to a complete success. There is just one grant proposal to the Flagstaff Art Council yet to be considered in the equation, and we’re good-to-go.

Painting on the second half of the mural will begin in mid July and the completed mural will be celebrated in the Fall. Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for supporting this amazing project.

Sound of Flight 2015 Mural Benefit

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The dramatic burst of birds pouring out of the grand piano on Aspen Ave has by now caught the attention of most Flagstaff residents. However, the mural on the side of the Orpheum Theater titled “Sound of Flight,” is only half complete. In order to fund the final phase of the project, the muralists invite the community to a benefit event at the Orpheum on Friday June 19th. Flagstaff’s own Brothers Gow will headline the event. Doors open at 7pm for an evening of food, raffle prizes, music by all-girl ensemble, Heartwood, and a special appearance by Sambatuque Drum Ensemble.

 Last year, the artists spent six months painting the first half of the enormous 4500 square foot wall of the historic Orpheum Theater. Sky Black, visionary for the project designed the piece. He recruited veteran muralists, R.E. Wall and Margaret Dewar, known as the Mural Mice, to bring his idea to light. 

The mural benefit is the final push to launch the second season of painting. “So far the community has been extremely generous toward the effort,” said Sky Black. Funding for the mural has come from over 60 local businesses, grants, and from hundreds of individuals in the community.  “Public art belongs to everyone, the ‘Sound of Flight’ mural will be a Flagstaff landmark and point of pride for years to come,” explained R.E. Wall.

 The image for the second half of the mural can be viewed online at SoundofFlight.net. The artists have an ongoing crowdfunding campaign at the website as well with perks available to everyone who donates to the project. Tickets are available at  SoundofFlight.net.