Creative placemaking project brings color to Rodney Street

Mariah Thomas

Sophia Mathis’ grandmother grew up on Rodney Street. 

Now, years later, Mathis is working with The Myrna Loy, a Helena-based community art center, to produce a mural in her grandma’s old stomping grounds. Each day, a blue crane hoists Mathis up outside Jesters Bar to paint two peacocks on the building’s side. 

“I’ve gotten a lot of compliments, especially from the peanut gallery,” Mathis said. “That’s what we’ve started calling the smoking area at the bar. They have a really good view of me up on the crane.”

Sophia Mathis works on a mural of a pair of peacocks on the side of Jesters Bar last week.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Another artist, Griffin Foster, is painting a mural of flowers on the side of the probation and parole office. That office is also located on Rodney Street.  

Mathis’ and Foster’s work is part of a creative placemaking project run by The Myrna Loy. Their art was selected in a call for artists The Myrna Loy put out around a year ago, said Executive Director Krys Holmes. The

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