The Big Picture: It Paints a Village
December 8, 2010 |  by Catherine Pierre

For two months last summer, Tom Chalkley, an adjunct faculty member who teaches cartooning in the Homewood Art Workshops, along with artists Kenny Clemons and Greg Gannon, transformed a Waverly wall into a bright, lively portrait of the neighborhood, which sits just a few blocks from the Homewood campus. They were helped by 30 volunteers, including a dozen Johns Hopkins undergraduates, who assisted in painting scenes of Waverly’s farmers market, library, playground, fire hall, and residents.  “The neighborhood folks were very supportive” of the project, Chalkley says. “It made me feel vindicated in my belief that public art should relate to the public. This is a big, pretty picture, but it has a community function.” Pictured here is Annette Abramson, a friend of Chalkley’s who helped to paint the mural.

Photo: Art Cohen