“Caught in the Act” on the Hilltop

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Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Throughout the summer, local high school students and professional artists teamed up to design a new mural for the westside community. Unveiled at a public dedication hosted by the Hilltop Arts Collective on Sept. 21, “Caught in the Act” features a group of cats building a new community of homes for birds. Jeremy Jarvis, an instructor with the mural mentorship program ARtsway, said that while the students wanted this piece to be “fun and whimsical,” they also wanted it to serve as a reminder that wonderful things can happen in the world when people come together to help “other people who may not be quite like them.” This piece, which is located at 3059 West Broad Street, has an augmented reality component that showcases the cats working on the project and the grateful, albeit slightly suspicious, birds going into their new homes. Created by graphic designer Ariel Peguero, it can be experienced by downloading the Artswalk app and visiting the public installation. Pictured here are the local high school students and the ARtsway artists who worked on the project. From left to right in the front row are Verch Arellano, Isabella Neuhard, Kadence Ruff, Quinn McGonigle, Valentine Tinney, Selina Nicklaus, Georgia Nicklaus, Sera Southworth and Miren Southworth. (Not pictured are Solei Arellano and Taybriel Holliday.) Standing from left to right in the back are ARtsway artists and instructor Jeremy Jarvis and Amanda Keeton.

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