SAND CREEK festival, inc. PRESENTS
A Live Creation & art in the park
Saturday, July 9
9:00 am to Completion – Live Painting Composition
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Newton Mural & Arts Project Tent
Every year the Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival commissions a local artist to create a 4’x8′ mural that holds true to the spirit of the Newton community, the surrounding area or the festival theme. Anyone can watch the artwork being created on the largest easel in Newton and guess, as the artist paints their composition, what the design might be. Previous years’ murals will be on display to enjoy as well.
The 2022 Sand Creek Summer Daze Mural Artist is TBA…
This year the SCSD Festival collection of past murals will be on display in local businesses before the festival. You can see, first hand, the instant artwork that was created live during the festival the last two years. The schedule is as follows: June 6 – July 4 .
June 6 – June 13 TBA
June 13 – June 20 TBA
June 20 – June 27 TBA
June 27 – July 4 TBA
2021’s mural artist was Anastacia Drake! Anastacia is a Kansas City based artist, who discovered art as a small child in a difficult environment. She used her art to process her situation, and then began implementing her passion for nature into her paintings. In her twenties, she won her first artist residency in Hungary and began traveling the world exhibiting and selling her work. She had the opportunity to work with many influential artists and developed her own painting style. Her style further evolved to her signature heavy textured paintings after having the opportunity of working with visually impaired children.
Anastacia’s mural is a representation of casual farm life in her cow series. It represents the peaceful, easy going summer days on the farm with its local resident bovines.
2019’s mural artist was Mark D. Pendergrass. He is a professional artist who has been painting for over thirty-seven years. He is co-creator of the popular “Music Machine” and “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” albums of the 1980’s. Mark has designed over twenty album covers since 1975, and has been awarded four Album Cover of the Year awards by the CBA. He has illustrated numerous books, designed logos, and produced works for just about every field of art. As an accomplished songwriter, Mark has written numerous songs for various recording artists, and has earned two Gold and Platinum albums, four Dove Awards and five Grammy Nominations.
His 2019 Sand Creek Summer Daze Mural is a post card from the late 1800’s. It was based on research Mark completed about Newton during that time period. The mural shows off Newton’s place in the era of cattle drives and cowboys, native buffalo and sunflowers, and the impact of the railroad on Newton.
2018’s artist was Brady Scott. Brady has created several well-known public art murals in Hutchinson, including the Hutchinson Women’s Center Lobby and the Boys and Girls Club Shadduck Park Playground. He has painted murals for the Kansas City Masterpiece Mural Festival, Tulsa Habit Mural Festival, Wichita’s Avenue Art Days & The Plaza Walls Mural Expo in Oklahoma City.
His 2018 mural represents the native Kansas Meadowlark which calls Sand Creek home.
Newton Mural & Arts Project & Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival Collaboration
The Newton Mural and Arts Project is teaming with the SCSD Festival to promote their mission of murals and outdoor art in Newton. The Newton Murals and Arts Project exists to develop and install murals and other outdoor art for the purpose of adding beauty and interest in Newton’s downtown business district and other locations in the city. It has established the Newton Murals and Arts Project Fund at the Central Kansas Community Foundation. The fund is a component fund of the foundation and contributions to it are tax deductible.