London Calling


Initial sketch for the Wortham Center mural, to be painted by Jenny Pickens.

Self-taught artist Jenny Pickens, a native of Asheville who co-created the Black Lives Matter mural installed last month in downtown Asheville, was recently announced at the First Artist in Residence at 22 London, an art studio and exhibit space administered by Randy Shull. The venue commissioned Pickens to design and paint a 4-x-24-ft. mural for the courtyard of the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, to be created in three panels at 22 London. Pickens, who has designed and painted murals throughout the city, including at LEAF Global Arts and the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center and an upcoming mural at the Funkatorium, researched images from more than 20 years of performances at the Wortham Center to incorporate into her work in progress. 

For more information about the project and the space, see 

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