For more than 60 years, the Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) has positively impacted the Big Bend through volunteerism and philanthropy. Most recently, JLT, in partnership with the Florida Department of State, saw an opportunity to visually celebrate female trailblazers and leadership through a commissioned mural. The mural project is entitled “Project Daring” and includes three distinguished women, all of who have been inducted into Florida Women’s Hall of Fame:
- Zora Neale Hurston— author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God”
- Betty Mae Jumper— first female chief of the Seminole Tribe
- Majorie Harris Carr— recognized environmentalist
The quote selected to envelope the 3 women within the mural is one from Pulitzer Prize winner and former Junior League of Jackson volunteer Eudora Welty.
JLT has selected two local artists, Olivia Barattini and Savannah Salinas to create the large-scale mural. The League’s hope is for the mural to be a permanent, and interactive attraction for the public and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.
Meet The Artists:
Savannah Salinas graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Studio Art in 2016. Powerful femininity is an enduring theme in her work, as it is also a huge inspiration in her life. As a member of the LGBT and Latinx communities, Savannah seeks to show the images and people she wants to see, in the work she creates. Her love for art began with seeing her father, Sergio, a jeweler, crafting beautiful, delicate objects out of metal slabs, and learning about her great great grandmother, Laura Pope Forester, who was a sculptor and painter.
Olivia Barattini is a multimedia artist who works in illustration, painting, murals, and 3D modeling. She is an FSU alumnus and was featured in Tallahassee’s 30 Under 30 juried exhibition of 2015. Her work utilizes various techniques of traditional art-making and digital technologies to create visuals that exist in a liminal twilight zone, populated by ethereal beings, chimeras, and geometries. Examples of her mural work include a mid-century modern inspired anamorphic piece for Tallahassee’s eco-friendly Freight Yard community and a glow-in-the-dark mammoth alongside the call to action “Tell the Truth”, a piece aligned with the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.