CALMA: Mural Installation at Café the Lodge

The Art of Pau

April 26 – June 9, 2019 2019-04-26 10:00:00 2019-06-09 10:00:00 15 CALMA: Mural Installation at Café the Lodge true MM/DD/YYYY

Café The Lodge, internationally renowned mural artist Pau Quintanajornet and ArtsQuest are collaborating on an interactive art experience and mural designed to raise awareness of the challenges people face when dealing with mental health issues when Quintanajornet creates a large-scale mural on the exterior of Café The Lodge, 427 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, April 26-May 5.

Born in Chile, Quintanajornet moved to Germany in 1985 with her parents as political refugees. When she was 15-years old she moved to Berlin to finish her school and studies, and to broaden her horizons and find a creative outlet. Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s words, “The murals are the books of the people,” she started a long-term ‘artivist’ project in 2013 called “Project Wallflowers.” Today, her work is found on walls in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Germany, United States, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Patagonia. She has also appeared in festivals, exhibitions and events around the globe including the METROPOLINK Festival in Heidelberg, Germany; WarmiPaint in Quito, Ecuador; 40 Degree Urban Art Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany; and TEDx Santiago de Chile.

Café The Lodge was selected as the site for the 2019 SouthSide Arts & Music Festival mural because of its important role in supporting individuals who are in recovery from mental health challenges. Led by director Ian Panyko, The Lodge and restaurant provide an environment that affirms self-determination and supports people who express a desire to work at jobs that make them feel productive and part of the community.

Quintanajornet will be working on her “Project Wallflowers” mural daily through May 4, with an official dedication of the work planned for later this spring. The mural, which is supported by ArtsQuest, Café The Lodge, Resources for Human Development and Just Born, will be done in Pau’s signature style while highlighting Café The Lodge’s mission focused on mental health recovery.