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March 25, 2014

University of Okla. students paint murals, brighten up nonprofit

NORMAN — The harsh, cold, metal door slipped away as green, then blue, turned into a lush, green field with a winding path and a group of University of Oklahoma undergraduate students painted murals Monday at Bethesda Inc., a local agency that specializes in sexual abuse treatment and prevention for children and adolescents.

The OU students were part of Kris Newlin’s Studio Art Therapy class who volunteered their time to add life to the nonprofit’s entry. The group painted two sides of an entry door at Bethesda Inc., one side of a landscape with a quote and the other side of a figure reaching toward the stars.

Sandra Wellman, Bethesda clinical director, said the group submitted several mural ideas, but the organization settled on the two chosen designs because they represented Bethesda Inc. best.

“The landscape depicts a road going off into the distance. That represents the journey that starts here,” she said. “A lot of kids think it’s all over when they come here, but they learn it’s really the beginning, it’s a start toward healing. We hope children leave here with a positive, different feeling about counseling and are more apt to continue on a path of healing and reach out in the future when they need it.”

The mural with the figure reaching for the stars includes the heart symbol associated with Bethesda Inc. Wellman said that mural gives a sense of hope. The quote painted on the landscape reads, “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start,” from Nido Qubein.

Bethesda Inc. asked students to paint the door specifically because, previously, it was uninviting.

“We didn’t have any doors originally and there was this great open, inviting feel. Due to security precautions, we put a in a door, but it just didn’t feel the same,” Wellman said. “We’re really happy with the murals. Even after the first coat of paint, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, now I feel like I’m at Bethesda again.’ It’s so bright and happy.”

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    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

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  • Reba Joyce Dawson

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    Lawatha Dean Gilley, of Pauls Valley, passed away July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 80 years.

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