Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Memphis Animal Shelter Gets New Mural

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A Memphis artist has added a big splash of color to one of the dreariest places in town. Carol Buchman recently completed a huge mural for the Memphis Animal Shelter on Tchulahoma Road.

"A volunteer there, Elenor Gibson, called me and said, 'The place is so bleak. Do you know any artists who might want to brighten it up?' Well, of course, that would be me," says Buchman, who has painted other murals at Rozelle Elementary School and Grace-St. Luke's, as well as churches and other organizations in Memphis and her hometown of Boston.

"I did the mural because I love dogs and absolutely adore cats, and I was hoping that brightening the place up and showing animals in a home, taking care of each other, would add some enthusiasm to adopting them," she says. Animals who aren’t adopted within a certain length of time at the shelter are euthanized.

Buchman donated her time and even the paint, and had some assistance from a few friends and students at Grace-St. Luke's."I do volunteer murals as my way of giving to organizations that I believe in," says Buchman. Several years ago, she was one of the recipients of a Memphis Flyer "Making a Difference in Memphis" grants, which she used to employ students to paint decorative scenes on the walls of Hattley's Garage in Midtown.

Buchman's work is currently on display at the Perry Nicole Gallery, and she will have a one-woman show next month at the Fine Museum in San Francisco. To learn more about her work, go here.

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