Chase Melendez Working on Rockford Peaches Mural
Chase Melendez works on a Rockford Peaches mural Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Rockford’s Midtown. (Photo by Kevin Haas/Rock River Current)

‘Accomplished, Fearless Women’: New Mural In Midtown Pays Tribute To Rockford Peaches – RockRiverCurrent.Com

ROCKFORD — Muralists Jenny Ustick and Atalie Gagnet left Rockford in 2019 after reintroducing the city to an inspiring and fearless female pilot who served during World War II.

But after the Ohio artists finished their colorful depiction of Rockfordian Libby Gardner in the city’s downtown, their attention turned to another set of pioneering women interwoven in the city’s history.

“We left town and we looked at each other and said, ‘We want to paint the Peaches,’” said Gagnet, a Toledo, Ohio, artist with 20 years experience as a muralist.

This year they’re doing just that, and their work is providing a vibrant new gateway to the city’s Midtown District.

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