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Chalk artist using talents to create masks and butterflies


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Maribeth McFaul has been making masks to keep people safe – and now she is spreading joy around Mission Viejo through art. 

A member of the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts and visual arts teacher at Newhart Middle School, Maribeth began sewing reusable cloth masks in March because she was worried about her son, an ER nurse, running out of protective gear.  Her first batch of 25 went to his hospital in Boise, Idaho. Since then, she’s mailed masks to a family in New York, a nurse in New Orleans, and right here in Mission Viejo, she has given many to senior residents of Casta del Sol.  Some materials were donated, while other pieces she purchased on her own to make the masks. 

Along with making masks, Maribeth is using her incredible talents to create art around town. Maribeth is a chalk artist and spent many years transforming the blacktop outside the Norman P. Murray Center into life-size captivating works of art. Today, she is creating butterflies around town.

“I participated in a virtual chalk festival last weekend … and plan to continue adding more butterflies around town over the next few weeks,” she said.  “I created this one at the Potocki Center for the Arts.”

The City is grateful to Maribeth for her outstanding efforts to keep people safe and bring them some joy.  


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