Local Artist Creates “Boca’s First Mural”
In comparison to Lake Worth Beach, downtown West Palm Beach and renowned Wynwood Miami with streets adorned in bright murals, Boca seems to lack an artistic flair.
However, local artist Kristin Pavlick and Diamonds by Raymond Lee are here to change that.
“We want this location to stand out among the many unembellished buildings that line the streets,” said Samuel Coleman, author at Raymond Lee, upon announcing the event back in September on their website. “This will be the first mural of this magnitude in Boca Raton, and hopefully, this will inspire others to do the same.”
Located at 2801 North Federal Hwy., the entire south side of Diamonds by Raymond Lee now stands as the proud site of Delray artist, Pavlick. The recent event, “Art Night in Boca Raton,” was free to the public and offered more than just Pavlick’s live mural painting. Live music, entertainment, food and the opportunity to watch a select few other local artists at work on their own pieces was also made available to all who attended.
“The next big thing,” said Pavlick in the caption of an Instagram post depicting the bare grey walls of Diamonds by Raymond Lee. “Things are about to get way more interesting.”
With a wealth of experience and accomplishments under her belt, she earned a B.S. in art education from Penn State in 2005, Pavlick went on to teach as an art educator until 2010 when she decided to dedicate her career to painting full-time. She has since had her work featured in various locations including permanent fixtures at Coral Springs Museum of Art and City of Delray Beach, as well as featured exhibitions in the JF Gallery (West Palm Beach), Electrica Gallery (Miami), Gallery 104 (New York) and currently has work on view at Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach.
“We are optimistic that this will set a trend sparking the artistic side of other companies,” said Coleman. “The ultimate goal is to bring more zest and life to our city.”
A likeminded individual from Lynn is Professor Mark Coné. The faculty member and professor for the College of Communication and Design has organized a new J-Term course with the intention of getting students’ artwork out of the classroom and into the public eye. Students will have the ability to collaborate in mural paintings which will temporarily be featured on campus grounds for all to see.
Although there are only limited spots remaining for the course, Professor Coné wants students to know that anyone is welcome to participate. To learn more, please contact Professor Mark Coné at firstname.lastname@example.org.