Edmonds students paint murals with visiting artist from Cameroon

Sherwood Elementary students proudly showcase the art they have done as part of the art exchange with students in Cameroon.
Max Lyonga (back row right) with students from Kingston School in Cameroon.
Max Lyonga painting his messages of “Hope."

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and City of Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present student murals created by elementary student from Edmonds and Cameroon, Tuesday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 11.

This spring, Edmonds Community College coordinated a community mural project with area K-12 schools and visiting artist Max Lyonga from Buea, Cameroon who brought with him mural motifs created by students in his homeland. Lyonga, an accomplished painter with international exposure, depicts themes of contemporary life in southwest Cameroon with a positive message that transcends all boundaries and cultures.

Lyonga traveled to Edmonds in April to serve as a visiting artist to the college as well as five area K-12 schools with whom he has been administering an art and letter exchange with students in Cameroon. The exchange has offered children in the Lynnwood/Edmonds area a global, collaborative art experience while broadening their knowledge of life in contemporary Africa.

During his stay, Lyonga met with fifteen K-12 classes to complete murals the students in Cameroon had started. In the spirit of his own work, he asked each student to prepare an image of what hope means to them to assemble into a collaborative mural during his visit with their class.

These projects were funded in part by the Associated Students of Edmonds Community College and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

The EAF Museum Gallery and the EAC Display Case are located at the Frances Anderson Center Main Entrance, 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 425-771-1984.

Visit www.eaffoundation.org for more information on the museum and projects of the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation

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