Veterans’ Mural Project at Lovell FHCC

Brushwood Center is partnering with Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and two incredible Lake County artists, David Motley and Everett Reynolds, to transform a stretch of tramway in the hospital into a stunning mural. This mural will commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Lovell’s designation as an FHCC. It is the United States’ first federal health care center that partners the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense into a single, fully integrated federal health care facility. The mural will depict the history of Lovell, from namesake Captain Lovell’s Apollo 8 Mission, all the way up to present-day operations. Veteran artists will assist David and Everett in the painting of the mural one at a time during socially-distanced sessions throughout the month of May. Learn more about our artists below:

David Motley

David is a visual artist most known for public murals and special event programming. He is the founder of Urban Edge Gallery, is also a volunteer art advocate and board member for Art Impact Project, a non-profit organization in the Chicago area dedicated to enhancing emotional wellness through creative expression. He is also an actor and board member at Three Brothers Theatre, a board member of the Waukegan Arts Council, and the Vice President of the Board of Lake County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Everett Reynolds

Everett is an oil painter and muralist, with a penchant for photo-realistic portraits. Originally born in Belize, he moved to Illinois with his family when he was 12 and has lived in Waukegan for the last several years. He is a self-taught artist, and created the incredible Bradbury mural on Belvidere Road in Waukegan. He uses art as a way to highlight beauty, strength, self-love, and creativity.