So, remember the mural I painted last summer? I finally told my hometown newspaper about it. Thanks to Mom’s help, she passed on the info. Here it is:
Former Foley Student Leaves Her Mark On City Walls
by Bev Sandy
Over the past 9 years, while traveling across all 7 continents, including most of the USA, Rachael (Sorenson) Shores, has often often traded her artistic ability for food and a room. She could be seen fishing in Alaska, or riding a bus along the bumpy roads of Nepal, but never without her camera and sketch pad in tow.
Now, a little more “settled” in an artist community in Asheville, North Carolina, Shores feels she is living a miracle. . .doing what she loves in life.
How did this 32 year old North Carolinian end up painting a mural in Oil City, PA? While hiking along the Appalachian Trail a number of years ago, Rachael met the owner of the Mosaic Cafe. They decided the outside, 1,000 sq. ft. wall of the building needed some life. After doing some research about Oil City and the city’s rise to fame in the oil industry, and how the recent economic turndown has challenged the community to “overcome” she began her month long work.
Rachael believes in sharing her artistic ability in an effort to inspire thought – long after the artist has gone. She wants her work to present a message.
“It just keeps blowing my mind that these experiences are working out, I really have been very lucky,” said Shores.
Rachael attended Foley from 6th-10th grade, but said she really found her niche when she transferred to Lola and Rudy Perpich MN center for Arts Education High School in Minneapolis, graduating in 199. Her parents are Randy and Valerie Sorenson, of rural Foley. Rachael is recently married ( to a man she worked with in Antarctica), and has begun a new adventure as a massage therapist in Asheville.
Locally, in her earlier life, Rachael’s mural art has been seen at the Foley Nursing Center, on the Silverness garage door at 141 Hill Ave., and at the former Jefferson Middle School in northeast St. Cloud.
You are welcome to follow Rachael’s art and read more about the mural and/or purchase prints of her work at [this blog].
Information submitted by V. Sorenson, found on roadsparrow, and in “The Derrick”, Oil City, PA, newspaper article.
After all this time I got to announce it to my Midwestern roots what I’ve been up to all these years. When I first started traveling I wanted to have a column in this local paper to share about my adventures. I never pursued it, I assumed it was too arrogant but I liked the idea of these generations of farmers that have lived in the same town reading about some crazy 20 year old girl gallivanting around the countryside. Don’t you think? I did travel for personal reasons too but I feel like adventures are meant to be shared, that the story telling and lessons learned along the way are for everyone. I hope you are finding and enjoying the adventure in these blog posts.