“The doctors and nurses used to say — you'd walk into Antarctica, where it was ‘snowing’ — and they'd say, ‘I swear the temperature's dropped five degrees,’" she said. "That one was really exciting, and it made the place feel so much more exciting for the kids.”
Pease said her mission is to make people feel invited into her art, and that she wants people to interact directly with her work.
Her latest mural at East Main Square in Carrboro introduces bright colors and artistry to a previously drab, tan wall between FRANK Gallery and WomanCraft Gifts.
According to Janie Galloway, the marketing chair at WomanCraft Gifts, they are “ecstatically happy” about the mural.
“It brings the arts to mind, and with us here and FRANK Gallery setting up right across the parking lot from us, Peel Gallery just down the street a couple of blocks — this is becoming more of a hub for locally done art and fine crafts,” she said.
The mural shows a scene of butterflies migrating, seemingly off the building and toward downtown Carrboro. They fly out of and over three gold frames, which Pease described as a nod to FRANK Gallery across the street.
She said she hopes to bring the butterfly design throughout the shopping center at East Main Square and further into the community to give the illusion of a migration throughout Carrboro.
Pease worked on the design with Kevin Benedict, who commissioned the mural. She said the design process was the longest she ever worked on — nearly a year — but that she wanted to make sure she got it right.
“It’s really beyond magnificently beautiful, it really, really is,” Sid Keith, the owner of Surplus Sids in Carrboro, said of the new mural. “It’s about as dynamic as one would hope for in anything like that.”
In recent weeks, Pease's summer days have been spent on a ladder with a can of spray paint or a paintbrush in hand.
“As long as the ladder’s not too hot to touch — sometimes, it’s so hot you can’t touch it — then, I would be out there working,” she said.
As the mural inches toward completion, Pease expressed appreciation for the support of the community, an occasional air-conditioned break at Gray Squirrel Coffee Co. and cold water bottles on 100-degree days.
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Passersby stopping to share kind words, stories and their own artwork broke up long days and created a sense of community around her mural, Pease said.
“It’s a nice way to connect with people, and this community has definitely been incredibly inviting,” she said.
Her future projects include an interactive utility box across the street from the Ackland Art Museum and a new mural at 311 E. Main St. in Carrboro — the new home of TABLE, a nonprofit dedicated to providing healthy food for children in Orange County.
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