Amphibian Stage is thrilled to announce that local artist Sarah Ayala has been selected to create a new mural on Amphibian Stage’s north-facing wall. The mural will create a bold, eye-catching entryway for visitors to the South Main Village’s many shops, restaurants, bars and arts organizations. The project is sponsored by Jeff Davis, a generous board member and supporter of Amphibian’s work and long-time advocate of the revitalization of the Near Southside who believes that the arts strengthen communities and improve quality of life.
Sarah Ayala lives and creates in the neighborhood. She is an artist rooted in the community who aims to make art more accessible to the public. Sarah’s work draws inspiration from world philosophies as well as her Latinx culture. She specializes in detailed processes like mandala patterns and hand lettering. Her work can be found throughout Fort Worth’s walls, as well as within local and national art collectives or working closely in collaboration with community partners and institutions.
“We are so thankful for Jeff Davis’s generosity, which is a gift to the city he has served and loved for so many years, the neighborhood he has passionately helped to revitalize, and one of the many arts organizations he has thoughtfully served. With the Near Southside’s recent designation by the Texas Commission on the Arts as one the state’s Cultural Districts, it’s more important than ever that we communicate our vision that the arts make this area a special place to visit. I am so excited to see how Sarah will develop her vision for the canvas we have invited her to paint. I can’t think of a better way to welcome visitors and neighbors than with Sarah’s beautiful work,” says Artistic Director Kathleen Culebro.
The work will begin during the month of October, in collaboration with the Near Southside ARTOber events, with completion date TBD.
As a local artist I’m honored to begin work on the Amphibian Stage’s mural in the new cultural district of the Near Southside. As a local resident I’m proud to work with an organization whose ideologies I can stand alongside with no hesitation. More specifically, their work with trauma-informed outreach, their denunciation of systemic racism within the theater community, and their priority of their patrons’ and employees’ health during a pandemic. I believe with this combination of principles, something great will soon be coming to life on South Main!