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Forever may she wave

With a grant from the Arts Council of the Valley and paint donated by Sherwin Williams, JMU professors and students boosted the spirit of downtown Harrisonburg with the mural Forever May She Wave. The mural is on the side of the Sherwin Williams building on Main Street.

Mural designer and project director Trudy Cole-Zielanski is a graphic design professor and assistant director of the School of Art and Art History. Fellow mural painters included members of the arts council; summer session art professors, Lynn George, Kate Monger, Beryl Solla and Mary Shira; and students from their summer classes.

The arts council called for submissions on the theme, Valley Fourth: A New American Tradition. 'This design reflects our freedoms locally,' says Zielanski. 'Within the flag image are scenes of famous local places, government buildings and seals, Mennonite heritage, and other images of freedom. It was a lot of fun to work on a project with my colleagues and so many students.'

Zielanski has also designed murals near Rockingham Memorial Hospital and for the United Way's First Step. She also designed many of JMU's departmental and program logos.