A Tree Grows in Morristown

This summer, Miranda “Mars” Braemer '20 brought her artistic talent to Morristown’s townhall to design a stunning mural for the Shade Tree Commission. Working with her best friend, Sarah Anderson, Mars spent 20 hours painting a towering tree to bring awareness to the commission and its mission to manage Morristown’s community forest. The mural decorates a high-traffic area of townhall, located on the wall adjacent to the police station.

“We're really proud of what we created; it was a lot of fun,” said Mars. “We painted the trunk first, then used sponges for the leaves to give it texture, and we needed a ladder to reach the highest parts. Our purpose was to draw attention to the Shade Tree Commission. Now when people walk by, they'll see our tree.”

The Shade Tree Commission's role is to regulate, plant, and care for trees and shrubbery located throughout all public property in Morristown, which includes planting, maintenance, and tree care as well as public education, awareness, and outreach.

An art major at American University, Mars will return to the DC campus in August for her sophomore year. While a student at GSB, she enjoyed pursuing her artistic passions with her favorite art teacher, Sarah Isusi. “I had four years of art with Mrs. Isusi – I loved her classes,” she said. “Art has always been a big part of my life.”

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