Muralist behind Central Library masterpiece on the move for next project


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — As an artist, Pavia Justinian takes her craft to put power behind her passion. While born in Texas, she finds herself to be a Grand Valley native, not only from spending a large part of her childhood here but because this is where her love for art began to sculpt.

“I love being able to put art out there in the world,” Pavia Justinian expresses, “I’m really excited to be working with kids and for kids to advocate on their behalf and just to try to make the world a better place and I think it’s really important to use your talents for a good and that’s what I try to do with my art.”

Having a premade relationship with Mesa County Libraries, asking Justinian to doing a mural on child advocacy came naturally.

“The artist, Pavia Justinian, is a former artist-in–residence at the library’s 970 West Studios, so she was ideal for this project,” Bob Kretschman explains, “It took about a week to paint this on the wall and I think she brought a really gorgeous color palette to it. It’s bright, it really pops from from this wall, she really did a nice job on it.”

From finishing a project to starting on the next one, Pavia Justinian is always on the move. Letting her art continue to voice on the issues, the next mural ebbs and flows on water conservation.

As the paint dries on the wall, the artist wants to brush on viewers attention as a call to get involved.

“We all need to kind of be a part of that and take ownership of how we can make the world better,” Pavia Justinian continues, “I hope that, with these art projects, people will think about how we, as individuals, can make the world better for everyone.”

The next Pavia project isn’t being done alone. For three days, students from Fruita Middle School will add artistic touches on her current project.

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