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Butterfly Speeches

Paint on window. Temporary public art project located at the Convention Center in Washington D.C.
Sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Washington Post:  Sheila Crider and Lisa Marie Thalhammer create a mural, ‘Butterfly Speeches’

In the winter of 2009, Sheila Crider, a Washington artist, was visiting a butterfly farm in the Caribbean and immediately wanted to capture in her abstract work the fluidity and colors she saw. Lisa Marie Thalhammer, another Washington artist, spotted a jazzy sneaker in a magazine and tucked that image away for a future figurative piece.

Months later, the two artists were asked by the local arts commission to create a window mural at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. They had never met. They checked each other’s work out on the Internet. They liked what they saw. And now the elusive butterfly and the fashionable sneaker have blended into a colorful site piece called “Butterfly Speeches.”  – Jacqueline Trescott    Read more here.