She’s Painting the Town
The slow crawl northbound on Estero Boulevard has its upside - everyone passing by can get a good gander at our new town hall. At first, it was a noisy, dusty gray bug of a construction site. But in the middle of July, the caterpillar crawled into its cocoon, and now, just a few weeks later, we see the butterfly emerging, spreading its colorful wings. Undulating sweeps of sand, amber and gradations of blue bring to mind the beach, the Gulf and the sunsets we have come to love on our island. Of course, unlike the caterpillar, the building didn’t have this beauty in its DNA; it took the vision, incredible talent and hard work of fine artist and muralist Jan Ellen Atkielski to bring it to life.Atkielski will be the first to say that the vision for the project was developed in partnership with the project’s interior design team, Ron Kopko and Mark Solomon of Interior Design Solutions (www.kopkoandcompany.com), with whom Jan has done many successful projects and who recommended her to the town.