January 13, 2020
By: Crystal Vander Weit, Special to TCPalm
Mural illustrator Benjamin Perez (right) gives Martin County High School art student, Aleesia Wise, 17, advice about painting one of the characters on the newest mural dedicated to local artists Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Gilt complex in downtown Stuart. "I love being part of the community and I love making art, so meshing that together is my favorite," said Wise. The mural celebrates four local artists, Chris Kling (painter), Geoffrey Smith (sculptor), Ron Corbin (musician) and Mark Muller (chef). The text in the center is an ode to the arts. The characters in the mural were rendered by Perez, a Martin County High School class of 2012 graduate. Students from Jensen Beach High School and the Clark Advanced Learning Center have also been selected to take part in the mural installation.