Chico Paper Company selects winner in mural contest

Jan 29, 2016 7:18 PM by News Staff

Some of Downtown Chico will be getting a bit brighter in the coming weeks after Chico Paper Company Friday selected winners for a new mural project.

Chico Paper Company announced a contest in October that would grant winners a prime location to display their art on a permanent basis, a mural on the Fourth Street wall that faces Downtown Plaza.

After the gallery fielded dozens of project submissions, company owner Eric Metcalf and staff decided on the submissions of local artists Katharine Sherman and Janet Blixt.

Sherman and Blixt will each be awarded a 48-by-48 space on the wall to enlarge their pieces. They will join work by local artists Ellen Heise and Jake Early.

Blixt work depicts a picturesque Butte County landscape with an almond orchard in full bloom. Sherman’s piece is a portrait of a person.

Designer Leila Rodriguez said they selected the portrait of the person because of its androgynous nature.

Metcalf said he could think of no other way to honor the local art community than by allowing members to decorate the gallery.

"We wanted to open it up to the public so Chico has the opportunity to experience our local talent," he said. "Our downtown location is prime for public artists and we are thrilled to splash the artwork of Janet Blixt and Katherine Sherman on our building."

The gallery will unveil the project Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.


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