Nicaraguan Artist Gerardo Hernandez Arias arrived at McNicholas High School on Wednesday, Feb. 26, where he will spend approximately 13 weeks painting two murals. One mural will be created in the religion hall with the theme “Inspired by Faith to Serve” and the other mural will be located in stairwell leading to sophomore hall with the theme “Stewardship and Nature.”
Religion teachers Jeff Hutchinson and John Norman, along with Sue Keefe from IHM, helped arrange for Arias to paint at McNicholas. Norman knows Arias from his trips to Nicaragua and he is very excited for the McNicholas community to experience his talent. “It was in Managua that we first met Gerardo, and of course it is exciting to have Gerardo create the murals, which are an expression of his artistic vision and talent,” Norman said.
Arias is a muralist who teaches art at the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte in Managua, Nicaragua. The Center was cofounded by Sr. Margie Navarro, a 1949 graduate of St. Joseph Academy that eventually became McNicholas High School.
Recently, McNicholas High School raised $550 from a Jeans Day to fund supplies for the murals. Senior Kayla Woods participated on Jeans Day to support the murals. “I was happy to contribute to the murals and hear how much we made,” Woods said. “The murals will show Gerardo’s talent and the generosity of McNick’s students.”
In addition to murals at McNicholas, Arias will also be painting murals at Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Ursula Academy. He will be in Cincinnati through June.