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Parris Arin Ashley, Artist


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Parris Arin Ashley, Artist

Upon graduation from high school Parris Ashley worked for ten years prior to his enrollment at Frostburg State University. He was 28 years old. While at FSU Parris maintained a 3.55 GPA and went on to graduate in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and a Minor in Art History.

Parris Ashley is among several well-known known muralists throughout the region, having won and completed painting contracts throughout the area with his first being in 2012. This consisted of an entire building at the Frostburg Community Pool, with each side having a different theme and tone. Commissions quickly followed with contracts for artwork at Dante’s, Wild Things, Bar Monkey, A Place to Eat (an Alamo depiction) and Grammy’s Attic in Frostburg. A 2015 eighty square-foot mural at the Queen City Creamery in Cumberland depicts the city’s downtown Baltimore Street. Ashley has won several awards, including the 2013-2015 Phillips Art Competition Award and from 2011 through this writing has participated in several exhibitions.

His most recent accomplishment, as of this writing, is the completion of the Canal Place Heritage Area mural in downtown Cumberland. The official unveiling of the mural was held on October 14, 2016 and was attended by numerous local and state officials as well as a large turn-out from the community. The 200 foot-long mural depicts the history of the Cumberland area and was commissioned by the Allegany Arts Council.

In the July 2016 edition of Allegany Magazine Ashley was quoted as saying, “I need my work to be beautiful. I want people who see it to feel happy. I don’t paint anything I don’t like to look at.”




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acaa465

Creator:
Albert Feldstein

Notes:
“Allegany Magazine Puts Local Muralist on Cover for July,” Cumberland Times-News, July 1, 2016
"Parris in the Summer - Inside the Mind of a Muralist," by Shane Riggs, Allegany Magazine, July 2016
Parris Ashley Facebook

Photographs by Albert L. Feldstein:
A section of the Canal Place Heritage Area mural, showing Cresap, British soldiers and his freeman ready to fight the Indians
August 12, 2016 - Ashley working on the mural
October 14, 2016 - Ashley speaking at the unveiling

Date:
2016-10-14

Collection Location:
Allegany County, Maryland

Subject:
African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Coverage:
Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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