Two recent Grant High graduates, Chloe Omelchuck and Sophie Tanner, have spent their summer sprucing up the Southern wall of Wee Works preschool at 3918 N.E. Hancock Street in the old Hollywood Library building behind Fleur De Lis bakery.
The two friends will be leaving for college in the fall – Omelchuck to Hampshire College and Tanner to Stanford – and are leaving their mark on the neighborhood with a whimsical mural that will be 58 feet wide and eleven feet high when completed.
Omelchuck attended Wee Works as a preschooler and won a Hollywood farmer’s market poster design competition several years ago, according to Pat van der Werf, Wee Works director.
“I guess its not so much about contributing to the space where I went to preschool, but more the neighborhood where I grew up,” said Omelchuck. “I think it’s just kind of fun to have this colorful and whimsical mural instead of just a grey concrete wall.”
“Now that I’m leaving for college, I’m really glad that I’ve had this opportunity to leave a mark on the area where I grew up,” said Tanner. “Especially for it to be such a positive, happy, and colorful contribution to the space.”
The two recruited friends to pitch in and had about eleven different volunteers throughout the process. Other current and former Grant students who helped with project include Meagan Lewis, Camille Bales, Hannah Posey-Scholl and Zoe Daigle.