Joseph Bradley and local 5th graders paint 88 ft. mural on Stone Ave.

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Joseph Bradley and local 5th graders paint 88-foot mural on Stone Ave.

Joseph Bradley, one of Greenville’s best-selling artists, has teamed up with over 100 local 5th graders to paint a mural for the public.

The mural is the 8th installation for the Stone Mural Project, an effort to add fine art to Stone Avenue.

The project is funded by the Stone Academy PTA and the City of Greenville’s Art in Public Places Commission.

“It’s about putting art up for art’s sake, and we also hope that one day it’ll be a capsule collection of the fine artists that were painting at this time,” says Stephanie Burnette, co-chair for the Stone Mural Project.

Bradley’s 88-foot iconic mural of goldfinches is his first mural. His paintings of goldfinches have over 30 layers of paint and involve the use of gold leaf, but this mural uses just 6 layers of paint.

“Strangely enough this painting takes less time than my normal paintings, which take about 6 weeks to do,” he says.

Bradley’s work has been featured in country living, TV show The Gifted and most recently on HGTV’s show Best House on the Block.

“The way we planned out the painting was the kids should be able to find the bird they painted on,” he explains.
As this year’s Artist in Residence, Bradley has giving art lessons to all 115 fifth graders in the classroom before they helped paint the mural on the wall of the historic West Stone Development on Stone Avenue.

The goldfinches mural is now complete and will have an official ribbon cutting on April 27th.  The stone mural project is slated to complete its 10th mural by the end of the year.

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