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Last week I wrote a post about a mural being painted downtown by Mary Lacy from Vermont. She has made great progress on the alligator; nevertheless, an invitation was sent out for a painting party. I was excited about this event. I wanted to leave my own mark on this city icon.

The newspaper showed up and lined up some volunteers along the wall with Mary in the middle. She’s the tall one laughing.

My friend Charleen was already painting when I arrived. I asked her, “How do I get to paint?” Not five minutes later she had the artist at my side handing me a paintbrush.

I painted with a father/daughter team. The daughter was eight years old. I have no problem talking to eight year olds. We had a nice conversation while we painted.

There was a group of students from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania helping out. They are spending their spring break volunteering for local nonprofit organizations around town. They were a fun group of energetic kids.

What is a party without food from a nearby cafe and boxes of cheap wine? The mayor stopped by to put his handprint on the project.

Mary predicts that she will be finished by Friday.  I predict that our stop may be her favorite on the 10 location tour.  She loved the food, the fellowship, and friendliness of New Iberia.  I will drive by the gator daily and think fondly of my afternoon.

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I admit it, I use Facebook for news.  I may not be getting the most current, real news, but I’ve come to trust my “friends” to help me see what I need to see.

One of these friends is Phanat Xanamane.  Phanat (pronounced Pah-not) created a community organization called Envision da Berry.  The Berry (da Berry) is what New Iberia is commonly called.  Anyway, this weekend Phanat posted about Mary Lacy.

Mary Lacy showed up last Monday with a lift truck ready to paint a mural on an old downtown building.  After I saw Phanat’s post, I had to go check it out for myself.

Mary Lacy is from Vermont.  She is an artist on a mission.  She plans to travel all over the US to paint murals.  I asked her if she is being paid.  She said that only her expenses are paid.  Benjamin Moore is her paint supplier.  They will be promoting her tour through a video that is not out yet.  She hopes to gain some fame and recognition from her tour.  Well, she has certainly gotten this in New Iberia.

On Saturday when I talked with Mary, she said she hadn’t gotten much work done because people were out and about and stopping to talk with her.  I took a few pictures of the paint cans, her truck, and the mural in progress.

“How do you do this on such a large scale?”

A quick one word response, “Math.”  She lays out her design on a grid, plots it out by measuring and taping.  To her, the image is just a plot on a graph.  Amazing math work here!

Mary has one stipulation; she takes complete artist control of the project. For New Iberia, she chose the alligator. She wants her murals to represent the area she is working in. An alligator is certainly appropriate for bayou country.

Phanat shared this video interview on Facebook.

Alligator mural in process

I wish Mary luck in her adventures.  According to the Daily Iberian, Mary has four cities remaining on her 10-city tour: El Paso, Texas; Santa Monica, California; Portland, Oregon; and Bethel, Vermont.

Mary Lacy is spreading love with paint strokes.

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