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Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School

Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School

Paul Valéry, the French writer, poet and philosopher, once said, “An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.” Those words exemplify the process that took place over a three-year period to create a mural at Rio Americano High School.

On Tuesday night, April 30, the unveiling of the completed mural took place at Rio’s band building.

Band room art at Rio Americano High School

The high school’s “Rio Music” project commenced in 2010 with the sponsorship and support of the Sacramento River Cats and the Rio Band Boosters.

Artist Markos Egure was commissioned for the project, which proceeded in three different phases. Egure’s other artistic work can be seen at various sites in the Sacramento area. Egure, and the company he founded, Wes Kos Images, have been creating projects in the Sacramento area since the company was established in 1997.

Artist Markos Egure at the Rio Music Project Mural unveiling

The Rio Music Project Mural unveiling and celebration included wonderful music by three young talented musicians.

A couple dozen supporters were on hand as they enjoyed the soothing sounds performed by the Rio trio.

Brodie Mills plays guitar at the Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School
Emma Simpson plays the stand-up bass at the Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School
Jacob Swedlow plays drums at the Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School

The Rio Americano Band Program directors, Josh Murray and Max Kiesner, were also on hand to meet and greet visitors.

Murray addressed the crowd, thanking them for being at the event. Murray indicated the school had been built around 1965, and at the time was just going to be a temporary campus. “It was only supposed to be here 10-15 years, so they weren’t thinking about aesthetics,” said Murray as he explained the mural project.

Rio Americano Band Program Director Josh Murray (second from the right) at the Rio Music Project Mural unveiling

The idea of doing a mural was tossed around. “We wanted people to see the mural when they came to the school,” said Murray, and continued, “It would be the first thing they would see and notice that music is important and that it could be a source of pride for the whole school, for the community, for every kid that walks through this door.”

Murray also shared that after the decision was made to create a mural, the artist was found via a Google search, resulting in the selection of Egure, although his name did not pop up on the first page.

When Egure addressed the crowd, he talked about the process of beginning the mural in 2010. The artist gave some reasons for doing the project, and noted that the most important reason turned out to be the students, the future talent that practiced and played in the building.

Artist Markos Egure with parents and son

“Overall the mural took one year and one week over three years’ time,” noted Egure, who said he was already looking at the other walls of the building. Egure’s donated project took a lot of his time, but he noted that he does this type of work as part of giving back and being involved in community art. Egure has created 28 murals in schools he’s been associated with and has donated 22 projects as part of giving back to the community.

As you drive into the Rio Americano campus, located at 4540 American River Dr., the band building is indeed the first thing that grabs you attention.

Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School
Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School
Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School
Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School
Rio Music Project Mural unveiling at Rio Americano High School

Egure has several other projects in the works. Beginning this summer, he will start on a mural at the YMCA, and also shared that he will be featured on a “Yard Crashers” episode in May or June of 2013. 

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