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Local artist captures the vibe of the Music Library with jazz-inspired drawing

Posted on: September 9, 2019; Updated on: September 9, 2019
Josh German,

Artist Sarah Jane Ballentine feels a connection between art and music and the emotions
they evoke through our senses.

“Art is this visual representation of the same thing that we feel when we hear music
… but you feel and experience them both, and they are a lot alike” she says. “I love
the connection.”

The subject she chose for a mural she created for the staircase wall in the Music
Library, which is housed in the School of Music, reflects that connection. It features
a jazz ensemble in an outdoor venue, which she created in rich jewel tones using chalk.

Ballentine, a junior art education major from Camden, South Carolina, is the sixth
artist to leave her mark on the space in what has become an annual partnership between
the Music Library and the Trenholm Artists Guild.

As vice president of the guild, Ballentine was chosen by the president of the organization
to take on the project because of her involvement with the organization while still
being a full-time student.

Her mural captures the musical vibe of the library with a large focus of the piece
being a live jazz band, while also depicting the energy of being a student and the

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