Roots and Wings - North Frayser Community Center
When first thinking about the mural for the North Frayser Community Center, Jeff Unthank wanted to illustrate the essential support the Center provides to local families by offering a wide range of programs and services which nurture the mind, body and spirit. It is a neutral ground away from home, school and work where citizens can establish a connection with other members of their community and develop a collective identity. The power of this collective identity to build a resilient community reminded the artist of an old nursery rhyme. "For my child/ I wish 2 things/ To give you roots/ and give you wings." It became the inspiration for the mural.
About the Artist
Jeff Unthank was raised in Cincinnati, OH. He studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York then Illustration and Communication Design at Columbus College of Art and Design. His commercial work has appeared as covers as well as interiors of many publications. He has participated in many group exhibitions and competitions where he's received awards for his work. His paintings are part of corporate and private collections throughout the US. Primarily, he is a painter who works in a wide range of sizes, styles and mediums.