Diggin’ the Artz

SAND CREEK festival, inc. PRESENTS

Event Sponsors:

UNION State Bank



Saturday, July 10, 2021

10:00 am to Completion – Live Painting Composition

10:00 am – 4:00 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 his composition, what the design might be. Previous years’ murals will be on display to enjoy as well.

The 2021 Sand Creek Summer Daze Mural Artist is Johnny Freedom. Freedom is a local Wichita artist who graduated from Wichita Northwest High School, served in the Marine Corps and as an Arizona State Trooper. He and wife Aimee have two sons at K-State and a daughter who works for the Goddard Public School System. Some may recognize Freedom as the voice of Bethel College Thresher soccer.

Freedom is known for his love of the city of Wichita and utilizes the Wichita Flag in his artwork. He utilizes refurbished materials to place renditions of the flag on, to create his artistic pieces. The use of weathered boards, wooden boxes, business walls, crates and even whiskey barrels have become his canvases.

The Wichita Flag does not limit Freedom, as he utilizes his talents in other forms of painting. The mural he is planning for Summer Daze will be a great mix of what Newton has to offer its residents in history and beauty, past and present. It will be a great centerpiece for the 2021 festival

Johnny Freedom

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:

May 31 – June 7           Mojo’s Coffee bar

June 7 – June 14          Midland, a Division of Union State Bank

June 21 – June 28        Norm’s Coffee Bar

June 28 – July 5           INTRUST Bank

July 27 – Aug 2             Conrade Insurance


Mark D Pendergrass

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.

2019 Mural
Brady Scott

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.

2019 Mural

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.

Newton Mural & Arts Project