The Strollers Dedication is in the memory of Jean Mellblom, the Mother of Public Art in Lafayette and the grandmother of Drew Smith, the supervising broker of TrailRidge REALTORS. Artist Pat Kennedy created a 6′ bronze sculpture as a tribute to Jean Mellblom. The art work was installed at 400 East Simpson Street in Old Town Lafayette, Colorado. There will be a public dedication ceremony on Saturday October 31, 2015 at 11am. The ceremony will have live music and a presentation by the family members of Jean Mellblom and Mayor Christine Berg. You’re invited to join the honoring of one of Lafayette’s Art Heroes.

Jean Mellblom was very well-known for bringing the culture and the life of art into Lafayette. She convinced the city officials of Lafayette that public art is a necessity. Jean passed away in January 2013 and with the help of the Jean Mellblom Memorial Fund, her family was able to purchase Pat Kennedy’s art work.

Jean started her campaign for Lafayette’s public art program at the same time the new library was being designed. She saw a large, and eventually windowless wall on the building. Jean saw this as a potential art canvas. After developing an idea for the mural with a local artist, Jean spent several years raising funds for her project. She asked for donations, convinced the city council to contribute, and organized a program of selling mural tiles to donors.

After all her hard effort and work, the mural finally happened. Jean Mellblom increased the enthusiasm for outside art so much that the city council approved a public art fee on new developments. It all started with the vision Jean had for Lafayette, and because of this vision and her dedication, the People’s Choice Award for Art on the Street is now named the “Jean Mellblom” Award.

Jean Mellblom was a persistent, feisty, very friendly, and a well loved person. The Strollers Dedication is to show how much she impacted the town and life of Lafayette. October 31, 2015 is coming soon, be there and enjoy the fun.

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