Ga'Nay Coleman, left, and Amari Sharp paint on the community mural at the HF Juneteenth Festival. (Nuha Abdessalam/H-F Chronicle)
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Juneteenth mural represents a vibrant community

Ga'Nay Coleman, left, and Amari Sharp paint on the community mural at the HF Juneteenth Festival. (Nuha Abdessalam/H-F Chronicle)
Ga’Nay Coleman, left, and Amari Sharp paint on the community mural at the HF Juneteenth Festival. (Nuha Abdessalam/H-F Chronicle)

Organized by the artist Jess Timeless, a mural and collective masterpiece painted by community members united visitors to the HF Juneteenth Festival on June 15.

Jess Timeless is a visual and expression artist dedicated to creating art representing her culture and heritage. In addition to painting, Chicago artist Jess Patterson, as her friends know her, also teaches, mentors and contributes to parties that bring out the creativity in those who participate. 

Patterson said that she has been painting since she was a kid. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided to go pro. In 2021, she launched Jess Timeless LLC, where her love for creating unique and timeless art pieces is evident in her work. 

A graduate of Illinois State University, Patterson brought her partner, friends and interns from ISU to the Juneteenth festival to help out. She had many paintings and other pieces of art on display. The works, ranging in price from $30 to over $300, were available for sale to the public at the event. 

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In addition to engaging visitors to her booth at the festival, Patterson worked on a mural celebrating the community. Patterson and the hosts of the Juneteenth festival invited community members of all ages to participate. She plans to finish the mural at her home studio before it goes on display at multiple locations yet to be announced. 

“If I could describe the festival in one word, it would be ‘vibrant,’” Patterson said. “Because the atmosphere, guests and performers were so vibrant. It was a lively and positive experience. I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Another community member, Ga’Nay Coleman said she was eager to participate in the community mural.

“This has been such an experience,” she said. “Being able to stroke paint on these murals of what being Black means to us, it forces not only on the reflections of Juneteenth but the chance to write a community-based narrative that involves us all.”  

The mural imagery was displayed on separate canvases: one highlighting the imagery of the Homewood-Flossmoor community culture, another displaying what college life means for Black students, and a third canvas showing imagery of the Black Lives Movement. 

Flossmoor resident Amari Sharp was seen painting on the mural with friends. When asked what the festival and Juneteenth mean to her, she said, “I go into each year of Juneteenth as what I could be doing more, and seeing how many people have already stopped to help and paint, leave their ‘print’ so to speak, makes it so I know I’m not alone.” 

Fans can view more Jess Timeless artwork on Instagram. To book Patterson for lessons or learn more, visit her Linktree page.

Reporter Nuha Abdessalam contributed to this story.

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