Alicia Cosnahan recently completed the new mural at 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD. The third installment of Bethesda’s “Paint the Town,” an initiative to promote public art murals in downtown Bethesda, resulted in a vibrant new sunflower and hummingbird that now welcomes visitors to and enhances the landscape of downtown Bethesda.
“We are thrilled that a new “Paint the Town” mural has been completed,” said Cathy Bernard, President of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, “Because of the partnership and generosity of The Bernstein Companies as well as Alicia’s vision for creative and colorful street art, this part of Wisconsin Avenue is now adorned and beautified with a vivid new mural.”
“Alicia has created a truly remarkable piece of art that brings color and life to this busy corner of Wisconsin Avenue,” said Davin Driskill, Senior Vice President, The Bernstein Companies.
Alicia “Decoy” Cosnahan, a Washington, DC resident, has studied art in Florence, Italy and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions as well as completed numerous murals in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and New Jersey. Cosnahan is also an arts educator in Washington, DC and has been leading and working in arts education programs with local youth since 2006.
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and The Bernstein Companies selected Alicia from a talented pool of regional artists from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia who applied for the opportunity. Alicia and her painting partner, Peter Krsko, began painting on July 3, 2019 and over the course of four weeks working from 10:30pm until 10:00am, transformed the south side of The Bethesdan Hotel into a significant piece of artwork featuring a sunflower, hummingbird and vibrant swaths of color.
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(via Bethesda Urban Partnership)