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Jenny Roesel Ustick & Atalie Gagnet

Mural Description

This mural is inspired by the hope that children bring into our lives and communities. Mila Rose, whose family is deeply rooted in the Southside of Rockford, and is the focal point of the design, reaches one hand back to the wisdom and traditions of her ancestors, bringing them into the present and lighting the way to the future. A papel picado sun provides patterns throughout the mural, representing renewal and growth, while marigolds represent a celebration of the continuity of life.

Mural sponsored by Workplace


La Chiquita
1108 S. Main Street, Rockford (west facing)

Artist BioAtalie Gagnet and Jenny Ustick

No Rinkydink are Jenny Ustick and Atalie Gagnet, joining together with their years of mural experience, and a dedication to craft and collaboration. They feel strongly about connecting with and honoring the communities where they are invited to work.

Jenny Roesel Ustick is Associate Professor of Practice in Art at the University of Cincinnati. She has been painting murals regionally and nationally since 2008, and has been muralist in residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Graniti, Sicily.

Atalie Gagnet of Dayton, Ohio is a mural graphics and sign painter since 2003. She has painted for the Guggenheim and Architectural Digest for Art Basel Miami. She is driven by serving small businesses and communities through her work.

Artist website - Jenny
Artist website - Atalie