Painter Irineo Medina was able to meet the greater mission of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center through his work on Saturday morning.
It marked the center’s first live, in-person performance in quite some time.
His process was on full display as he stood on a drop cloth beneath the main entrance overhang. His ideas became more perceptible with each color applied. And for the encore, Saturday’s work will bring inspiration to passersby for some time to come.
Medina completed the final of eight paintings that’ll be displayed on the center’s pillars along College Avenue. The PAC put out an invitation to the community to watch the artist at work. The invitation met the theme.
“I thought a lot about togetherness and community,” he said of the planning stages.
The project required him to stretch his thinking to bring the theme across in eight different ways. Some of the paintings are direct in their message and others were less so. Saturday’s painting was free form.
A playlist of music themed on togetherness and unity played from a stereo at his feet. There was a breeze and some intermittent rain and he could feel the eyes of those looking on.
His patience was on display. The confidence in his control was no better shown than by his clothing choice — a bright, white, pinstriped Brewers home jersey.
The goal was to visually capture the unity created through the performing arts.
He painted from a place of appreciation.
As we’ve all adjusted to life in the midst of the pandemic, he thought back to its beginning and the fear that his summer would be lost.
He’s kept busy and hasn’t taken for granted his ability to provide some beauty in a time that’s been bleak.
“I’m feeling pretty sky high,” Medina said.