Arts So Wonderful began it’s informal start in 2001 as a subset of Service Rendered Inc, founded by Bruce Wilson, and was originally called “Straight Talk Vermont”. The group replaced graffitied spaces with mural art to bring beauty to the area. As a separate subset of Service Rendered, an art program was created by two Interns from the University of Vermont. The program held twice weekly art classes that included charcoal drawing and painting. In 2003, after the creation of a mural with the help of Vermont’s youth, Arts So Wonderful was formally born. Since then, Arts So Wonderful has continued to create murals on buildings and electric boxes throughout Vermont. Over the years, ASW has hosted numerous events in benefit of Vermont’s young artists, such as an annual art show at the Marriott where artists could sell their work for 100% profit. ASW collaborates with schools, universities, and groups to provide artistic growth opportunities. Arts So Wonderful’s mission is to unify the community through art while helping artists achieve their goals. ASW aims to give individuals a creative outlet and Arts So Wonderful’s Galleries showcase local art that’s all available for purchase.
The locations for Arts So Wonderful’s galleries were scouted and then founded by Charlene Fu and Bruce Wilson. The idea was to reactivate business in the mall and provide opportunities to members of its community. We opened our first gallery in February, located inside the CityPlace Burlington Mall on the lower level. Arts So Wonderful’s second gallery is located inside the University Mall and opened on August 21st, 2020. Regarding the opening, Art Director + Curator, Alandra de la Cuesta, stated “I am so excited for our new gallery to open and can’t wait to share all the beautiful art with everyone”. Visit their gallery and while you’re there, take a picture with their new mural by Illustrator, Michael Mullan, located in the food court.
Arts So Wonderful has created dozens of murals throughout Vermont. Most recently, Arts So Wonderful produced a Black Lives Matter mural in Downtown Burlington on the old YMCA building, and a timeline of Winooski’s history under the Winooski Bridge. We recently completed a mural in the University Mall food court that encompasses Vermont’s values. Arts So Wonderful also participated in the Racial Justice Chalk Art Project on the Fourth of July, teaming up with the UVM Art Club to create beautiful and powerful chalk art. We continue to look for any opportunity to create art in the community!
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