Hello Gold Star Squad and welcome to Gold Star Friday! It's time to announce our Star of the Week!
As you may know, we are still in the early days of this project, which launched just a couple of months ago at the beginning of August. Because of this, I have been the person who has been providing the vast majority of the nominations for the Star of the Week award. From the beginning, however, my hope has always been that readers would want to send in their own nominations for Star of the Week.
I am SO pleased to say that today is the second time that our Star has been chosen from a reader nomination! I am happy to announce that this week's Star of the Week is Sean Kernick, a Raleigh, NC artist!
I recently listened to a podcast where Sean was interviewed, and I learned that he split his time growing up between Detroit and Philadelphia (I love that he is from PA!). He then went to art school in New York.
Sean has lived in Raleigh for just about two decades now and has put in the massive amounts of time and effort needed to work as a creative full-time. For the past few years, he has operated his own company, which focuses on mural making, sign painting, and illustration.
Sean is an artist with a big heart! This year, when many graduating students were unable to have a proper graduation because of the Coronavirus, Sean teamed up with the NC State Division of Enrollment to create a mural for the graduates of NC State University. Many graduates visited the site of the mural and took selfies to celebrate themselves and commemorate their accomplishments. You can read more about the story and see the mural here.
This is what this week's nominator, Buffy Taylor, had to say about our star: Sean is an incredibly talented muralist/street artist. His skills alone are jaw dropping, but the accompanying captions with all his social media posts are thoughtful, kind, and compassionate. He truly is a role model and inspiration to so many!
I will leave you with a couple of photos from Sean's most recent mural in downtown Raleigh, which was just completed last week! In Sean's own words, the mural is his "tribute to all who listen to the call of their creative spirit. Those who embrace everything that makes them truly unique and uses those gifts to pursue their passions and take flight."
And, with that, I am happy to present this week's Star of the Week award to Sean Kernick! Congratulations!
Would you like to nominate yourself or someone you care about to be our next Star of the Week? To read the rules about the nomination process and get more information about the free gift that U.S. winners will receive, please click here. Then submit the Nomination Form!
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