By Richard Bammer
It is the art of a memory. It holds a mirror to a life that says, “You mattered.” The imagery and portraiture also say, “You were loved and will be remembered.”
A group of friends and relatives of the late Anne Starr, a beloved former teacher at Markham Elementary in Vacaville, have come together to design and paint a large mural dedicated to her life and legacy.
The painting crew, busy last week brushing pigment onto an 8-by-21-foot work in progress at the Markham Avenue campus, included Starr’s daughter, Scout Urling of Bellingham, Wash., her close friend, Helen Anderson of Petaluma, and Malaquias Montoya of Elmira, a professor of Chicano art at the University of California, Davis, and a nationally known artist whose work has been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.