Sierra Vista, AZ. 09/20/16. Sierra Vista artist Joanne Berry’s mural design has been selected to appear on a prominent wall in the West End and garnered praise from members of the Sierra Vista City Council at Tuesday’s work session.
Berry has lived in Sierra Vista since 1979 and her longtime love for the area inspired her to enter the contest sponsored by the City’s Leisure and Library Services Department and the Arts and Humanities Commission. The commission chose Berry’s design out of a pool of more than 30 entries.
“The commission particularly liked Joanne’s use of color and felt her design best embodied the theme for the contest because she tied together so many elements that make Sierra Vista extraordinary,” Leisure and Library Services Director Victoria Yarbrough says.
Berry’s design celebrates Sierra Vista’s strapline “Extraordinary Skies. Uncommon Ground.” and mimics the style of landscape quilts. The result is a vibrant patchwork of colors that frame examples of Sierra Vista’s natural diversity, bicycling paths, sunsets, monsoon storms, sky island landscape, the San Pedro River, and other signature features that speak to Berry.
“I really just love everything I put in it,” Berry says. The more she thought about pursuing the project, the more she felt inspired by elements of the community and region she has called home for nearly 40 years.
“It does seem to represent so much of what’s important to us here,” City Council Member Gwen Calhoun said, at Tuesday’s work session. “I think it’s going to just really impress folks driving by. I know it would bring a smile to my face to go by that.”
At the City Council meeting set for 5 p.m. on Thursday, Berry will receive a $500 check for winning the contest and be recognized in a formal announcement. Berry is in the process of submitting a proposal to complete the mural itself. The mural will appear on the west-facing wall of the Century Link building located on the northwest corner of N. Garden Avenue and Fry Boulevard.