The West Valley Arts Council and Fry’s Food Stores commissioned a local artist, Garrett Etsitty, to create an indoor mural for the new Fry’s Marketplace at its Asante store in Surprise.
The store is scheduled to open Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 16400 N. Pat Tillman Blvd.
Etsitty’s piece titled, “Beauty All Around,” represents the majestic feel of the beautiful landscape surrounding Surprise. Using a combination of abstract and realism, the artist seeks to acknowledge the traditional nature of the past while leading viewers into the possibilities of the future. “Beauty All Around” depicts two ruby-throated hummingbirds, representing unity and equality, two values that are pivotal and widely shared throughout the community.
In a news release, the company said, “Fry’s is committed to enhancing customer experience and community engagement by involving local artists in creating artwork that celebrates the unique identity of the area.”
“We know that the arts have the ability to bring people together and foster a sense of community,” said Michael Denson, executive director of the Arts Council. “We’re incredibly grateful that a company like Fry’s understands this significance and the importance of supporting the work of local artists.”
The mural measures approximately 24 feet wide by 8 feet high and is prominently displayed in the entrance of the Fry’s Marketplace.
Etsitty (Dine’) was born and raised in Chinle. From the petroglyphs on the canyon walls to the stories passed down from his elders, his work draws upon the inspiration of what it means to be a Dine’ person.
Etsitty uses complex unions of vivid colors and layers to articulate an indigenous understanding of thought, creation, and ideology that moves beyond time and space.
Learn more about the artist at garrettetsitty.com, or on Instagram at @krng_1n3.