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Antioch Chamber invites community to honor heroes with mural project

Daos Perez, 16, of Antioch sits at the counter with his mother, Daisy, behind him Nov. 16 as he shows one of six art pages he and his mother are coloring for Antioch’s 1st Community Wall Mural Project-Honoring Our Local Heroes at Daisy’s Artish Café in Lake Villa. The mural, which consists of 167 art pages, will be on display starting Dec. 7 at Kringle’s Christmas Village in Antioch. The mural is sponsored by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.
Daos Perez, 16, of Antioch sits at the counter with his mother, Daisy, behind him Nov. 16 as he shows one of six art pages he and his mother are coloring for Antioch’s 1st Community Wall Mural Project-Honoring Our Local Heroes at Daisy’s Artish Café in Lake Villa. The mural, which consists of 167 art pages, will be on display starting Dec. 7 at Kringle’s Christmas Village in Antioch. The mural is sponsored by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

ANTIOCH – An Antioch Community Wall Mural Project aims to bring people together to honor local heroes – from a distance.

Hosted by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, the project invites the community to contribute by coloring sheets of paper that will be assembled on a wall inside Kringle’s Christmas Village in Antioch.

Featuring a depiction of local heroes, including police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, paramedics, volunteers and more, the “Honoring Our Local Heroes” mural is 16 feet wide by 6 feet tall and composed of 167 pages of paper.

Each regular-sized sheet of paper has an outline along with “color dots” to show participants what to color using crayons only. The first name and last initial of each artist will be listed with the mural.

“People are looking for things they can do at home,” said Barbara Porch, executive director of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, who came up with the idea for the mural. “This is perfect. Then when they are ready, they can come enjoy the wall mural at Kringle’s once it’s up.”

Those interested in participating can color up to 10 pages, described as “easy to color,” using only crayons. They are asked to register through the Chamber’s website at www.antiochchamber.org. The pages, including detailed instructions, can be delivered via email to those who have color printers or through the mail.

The pages must be returned by Dec. 4, either by scanning the pages and emailing them back to the Chamber, mailing them to the Chamber or dropping them off at the Mural Drop Box located at Kringle’s Christmas Village, 510 Orchard St., Antioch. Kringle’s Christmas Village is open at 10 a.m. daily from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

“We’ve had a nice response from the community,” Porch said. “We still have more pages, so we’re hoping to get the rest of the pages out before Thanksgiving so everything is returned in time.”

The goal is to assemble the mural for display Dec. 7 through New Year’s Day.

The pages have been shared with students by area teachers, adults are coloring them for pleasure and families are coloring them together, Porch said. The project is open to all ages, with adults asked to supervise children as they color.

Both Daisy Perez and her 16-year-old son, Daos, a junior at Antioch Community High School, are taking part. Daisy Perez owns Daisy’s Artish Café in Lake Villa and often works closely with the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

“Art just being in the community is very important,” Daisy Perez said. “Art’s always been something I use for therapy for myself, and I just think it’s a good time, especially with all the stuff going on, to bring the community together, and that’s what Barbara is doing with all of this.”

Sponsored by Heartland Bank and Raymond Chevrolet-Kia, the project not only pays tribute to local heroes, but it also represents the Antioch Chamber’s mission, Porch said.

“The Antioch Chamber is always looking for new ideas to bring people into our business community and new, fun ideas for our residents,” she said. “We thought it would be a nice community art project that could be as socially distanced as people wanted.”

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