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Local artists still finding inspiration even in the toughest of times

Two Chico mural artists tell us how they have found hope through the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: May 22, 2020 6:57 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Two Chico mural artists have continued to make art and have found hope through the coronavirus pandemic.

"Seeing something bright, colorful, vivid things that live in the street, we've been cooped up for so long, you know, it's nice to have a fresh breath of air," said muralist, Christian Garcia.

If you've driven around Chico, you may have seen Christian Garcia and Jedrek Speers' murals.

"With the pandemic, there's been kind of a big uptake in art and murals," said muralist, Jedrek Speer.

While they both have their own works of art, they have worked together before on murals in Chico. The two have also worked with other artists to bring color to our area.

Garcia tells Action News Now the Unity Wall was done by Speer and commissioned by the Boys and Girls Club, while he and others gave a helping hand.

"We've worked on a lot of projects together, it's really awesome to work with other artists in the community because it creates a network," said Garcia.

"I really think murals are important because they live in outdoor spaces generally, it gives someone a different sense of feeling when they walk by it you could be having a bad day and it might touch somebody in a different way that makes them happy in the positive," Garcia shared.

Garcia recently finished a mural at a home on Sherman Avenue in Chico. While, Garcia uses a lot of acrylics, spray paint, markers and other techniques, Speer said he strictly paints with spray paint.

The two have worked on many other murals in Chico but the first mural they worked on together in Paradise is called "Here We Grow."

The Boys and Girls Club and California Health and Wellness commissioned Speer to paint the "Here We Grow" mural.

"It's meant to be empowering, whether it's supposed to be meant to the fire or not," Speer said.

Speer said he came up with the concept with the organizations and got a helping hand from Garcia.

Both artists said they hope to create more murals together locally and all over the world.

Garcia tells Action News Now that he is currently working on a project with Butte College.

If you want to get in contact with one of these muralists, Christian Garcia's Instagram is 594evah and Jedreck Speers' Instagram is seizer_one.

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