Brushing Up on Virgin Islands Culture: David's Mural Adventure
In April 2022, a multi-talented artist and author from St. Croix embarked on a transformative journey into mural painting. Her first creation graced the St. Croix Educational Complex high school campus, stretching 30 by 28 feet. Collaborating with fellow art educators Dwydale Dariah and Shakir Smith and several students, this collaborative masterpiece entitled 'Vi Pride,' drew inspiration from the resplendent Virgin Islands flag. It's an interactive piece, inviting viewers to stand before it and meld with the golden eagle's majestic wings that dominate the design.
Following this success, David and her fellow educators delved into a captivating two-part Fish and Wildlife mural at the La Reine fish market. This incredible project was proudly sponsored by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts in partnership with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
Fast forward to May 2023, and David and Dariah returned to unveil two more remarkable murals at the enchanting Carambola Beach Resort. One adorns the area near the resort's pool, featuring a Moko Jumbie set against a vibrant Madras fabric backdrop. A personal touch was added with a rooster, a signature element in David's paintings. The second mural, tucked inside the ladies' restroom, is a striking portrayal of three captivating Caribbean women in the midst of carnival revelry.
These mesmerizing murals collectively pay homage to the vibrant tapestry of Virgin Islands culture, leaving art enthusiasts anticipating more artistic masterpieces from David.
Then, in September 2023, David and Dariah brought their mural projects back to the classroom, working with students to create props and paintings for the United Caribbean Association's (UCA) Production 1878 Commemorative Program. This program commemorates the 145th Anniversary of the Labor Revolution and is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st at 5:00 p.m.