Who’s that lady?

In the October issue of DIME, our featured artwork on the flip side of the Big Ass Calendar portrays an elderly woman wrapped in an afghan, nearly as crisp as a photo. Yet look closely and you’ll find an unexpected texture across her face and backdrop. This “Freeway Lady” is in fact a mural painted three stories tall on the campus of Los Angeles Valley College, a rightful return after the original 1974 mural in another location was painted over without permission by a sign company in 1986.
DIME became aware of this mural and its predecessor during the research our writer Charlotte Blom conducted for her public art story, “The Curated Landscape” (p. 26, Oct. 2015). In Charlotte’s profile on the mural’s artist Kent Twitchell, we learned that art can fight and art can win. And we wanted to share the result of that victory with our readers in this issue.

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Jackie has worked as a real estate agent, non-profit coordinator, marketing consultant festival planner and a maid over the last four years. She provides consulting to the Mississippi Main Street Association and loves spending time in historic downtown districts across the country, learning about old buildings and people watching. She is on a mission to find the perfect margarita if it takes the rest of her life.

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