Spring 2015 brought color to Summit Place, a new supportive living facility in Rich Creek, VA. Near the end of the site’s construction, Nikki Pynn and Tacie Jones of LoCo Arts entered with brushes, paint and newly framed artwork to transform the structure into a place of brightness and a bit of whimsy. The Town of Blacksburg and New River Valley HOME Consortium commissioned LoCo Arts (which stands for Local Community Arts) for the project.
LoCo Arts strives to provide creative education and cultural experiences for youth and adults in the New River Valley. The opportunity to produce affordable artwork for Summit Place resonated with the organization’s mission. To increase the variety of work and include the community’s artists and aspiring creatives in the project, LoCo Arts created out a Call for Art. From the submissions, seventeen locally produced works were chosen and reproduced for installation. Judy Neihaus, a recently retired Radford Professor and LoCo Arts alumnus donated two original oil paintings. A forest mural greets visitors at the front door and quilts and filled cabinets painted on the wall create a feel of home living for the residents.
LoCo Arts is a non-profit organization, and runs an arts-based after school program, The Mayapple Preschool, children’s summer camps and workshops and classes for youth and adults. To find out more about LoCo Arts visit their website at www.loco-arts.org.