By Pam Robinson
The walls are talking at Marrs Elementary School library, thanks to the magical murals of artists Claire Wezet and Peg Heckman, also the art teacher at Marrs. The colorful, detailed paintings present scenes from classic fairy tales. Both Wezet and Heckman credit Marrs librarian Krista Fisher with the idea for turning her library into an enchanted educational environment for students.
Fisher meets with Marrs students, K-5, in library classes once a week. She reads them a variety of stories, but always includes fairy tales. Two months ago with funding from Marrs PTO, she commissioned Wezet and Heckman to design and paint murals of some of the children’s favorite fairy tales.
“I didn’t want fairy tales to go forgotten,” Fisher comments.
Artist Claire Wezet shares Fisher’s love for fairy tales. A 2012 USI graduate, Wezet studied English composition and literature during college, and has studied art all her life.
“My interests in art and literature intertwined in this project,” she states.
Wezet has completely designed and painted the first two murals in the project. She first featured Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage in a huge landscape marked with the clock tower and castle. More recently, she painted Rapunzel letting her golden hair down from her own tower.
By the end of 2013, Wezet plans to add a forest scene with characters from several stories set in this landscape—Hansel and Gretel as well as characters running from the Big Bad Wolf, namely Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. In addition, she wants to create a mural of the Frog Prince and, perhaps, Peter Pan.
Marrs art teacher Peg Heckman is now creating a mural of Jack and the Beanstalk. In the end, the beanstalk will wrap throughout all the murals and tie everything together.
The murals are painted after school so students aren’t distracted by the work in progress. The project requires long hours for Wezet, who works full-time at a retail store, primarily to pay for supplies to create the art she so much loves. Student response to the murals has been only positive.
“We’re bringing the fairy tales to life on the walls,” Wezet says. “The kids are excited and notice what’s new every day.”
The murals are a departure from Wezet’s typical abstract style using mixed media (fabric, vintage wallpaper, objects) to create cityscapes and landscapes. She’s learning to appreciate the rave review of her character paintings. Already, several Marrs PTO members have commissioned her to paint such contemporary characters as Hello Kitty and Phineas and Ferb for their kids.
Claire Wezet is the daughter of Mark and Susan Wezet of Mount Vernon. Her father is a mortgage officer at Old National Bank in downtown Evansville, and her mother teaches fifth grade at Marrs. Her sister, Meg, is studying social work at USI.
By Pam Robinson
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