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Queen of Pawns Donates Mural, “Stronger Together”, And Invites Everyone To Festivities On May 27th

Queen of Pawns will be painting a series of murals on each of their stores’ exterior walls as a way to say “Thank You” to the local community. The first piece, called “Stronger Together”, is located at their Lake Worth store at 3380 South Military Trail.  Created by Jennifer Chaparro, a locally based internationally acclaimed muralist, the mural expands the mission statement of this family-owned business. The public is invited to the unveiling festivities on Sunday, May 27th.  You will have an opportunity to meet the artist!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!






10:30  –  3: 30  PM

3380 South Military Trail    Lake Worth, FL









The Story:

“We love our community, our customers, and our business. We are forever thankful that Palm Beach County has allowed us to flourish and we feel it is time to give back to the community. Queen of Pawns wishes to donate their stores’ exterior walls to Palm Beach County by, in time, creating a series of public murals on our walls. Art is understood by every background, religion, race, and gender; it is because of this phenomenon we plan to celebrate diversity and community in our mural; we want this art to be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone”.

The Mural:

Jennifer Chapparo was chosen from a national Call for artists who applied for this mural.  Jennifer tells The Rickie Report, “The specific idea was germinating before this Queen of Pawns opportunity.  The physical challenge was filling in a 60′ wide wall with cut-outs, which could not be painted. Once she saw the wall, she knew she could incorporate her previous vision with new elements.  Jennifer, who is familiar with Lake Worth’s diverse community, wanted to encompass a design that would encourage everyone to work together.  She chose a Diversity Mandala, plus the multi-colored strings, to show Lake Worth as a community fully invested in bringing all people together.






About Queen of Pawns:

Queen of Pawns is a family owned pawning company and has strong values when it comes to how they conduct business; they pride themselves on treating customers with respect, dignity, and royal customer service (They boast a maintained a 5 star rating on Google Reviews!) Queen of Pawns operates 4 locations in Palm Beach County, 3 in Orlando, and 2 coming soon to Tampa. Attachment to the community is very important, we wish to make a positive and long lasting impact.

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Muralist,  Jennifer Chapparo:



Jennifer tells The Rickie Report, “I have been (and will be) an artist all my life.  It is in my blood and genes.  With a grandfather that was a noted sculpture and art professor in Iowa and New York City, I knew from a very early age that it was inevitable that I would be an artist in some kind.  I have worked with many different materials, including pen and ink, water color, acrylic, ceramics, fabric, and computers.  I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design from UCLA, and then went on to spend 25 years in graphic design for advertising and marketing, specializing in logo design and corporate identity for some large companies, including Domino’s Pizza, Life Fitness and the Legend Group”.

“But in 2004, the chalk bug bit me, and bit me hard.  I began street painting as a fun activity to do with my two talented daughters.  We discovered we loved it, and were really good at it.  After a couple of years, I started to receive offers to do street painting for special events, and I realized this could possibly be a way to make a living.  In 2009, I was laid off from my full-time graphic design position due to the tanking economy.  I took the opportunity to begin my business, Amazing Street Painting, as a special event street painter/chalk artist.  I have won many awards for my unique style of chalking, and now travel all over the United States and the world to create these custom pieces of art.  In 2011, I received my Maestro Certification from the Florida Chalk Artists Association, which certifies that I am a full-fledged master of chalk art”.
I like to stretch myself by trying many different styles, including the reproductions of everything from traditional Italian masterpieces to American Masters like Rockwell and Leyendecker, 3D anamorphic art, custom advertising pieces and interactive art.  Every surface is different and presents it’s own challenges.  I enjoy the interaction with the crowd and sharing this art form with all ages.  It is a completely different experience than painting alone in a studio.  When asked if I am sad that it won’t last, I respond that compared to a piece hanging in a gallery or home, which is seen by very few people, I can reach a much larger and broader audience with my street art.  I was told I have the “hands of an angel” and have touched many people with the beauty and emotion the art evokes.  It lives on not only in the memories of the people I’ve touched, but also in photos that they take and share, and takes on a life of it’s own.

Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Jennifer Nichols was born into an artistic family.  Her grandfather, Harry E. Stinson, was a recognized Sculptor, Painter and Art Professor at the University of Iowa and Hunter College in New York City.  Jennifer attended UCLA, graduating with a degree in Design, focusing on costume & clothing design.  She continued to pursue painting while working in advertising and raising her two daughters in Dayton, Ohio.  Jennifer’ work was exhibited at various galleries and events in Ohio between 1992 – 1999.  She also was very involved with the Dayton Visual Arts Center, serving as their president and as a board member and contributing artist.In 1999, she moved to Palm Beach, Florida.  In 2004, Jennifer and her daughters began participating in the Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, Florida, which is the largest street painting event in the United States, attracting 100,000 visitors each year.  Jennifer and her daughters have worked together on several large works over the years since.  She received her Semplice Professional Certification in 2009 and her Qualificato Certification in 2010, and her Maestro Certification in 2011 from the FCAA.  In 2012, Jennifer founded the International Street Painting Society, as a way to help other street artists connect and be more successful, and help street painting be seen as a legitimate art form.

Constantly looking for new challenges, Jennifer is open to new materials and processes, and will chalk on just about anything.  She also has expanded into creating permanent murals. In addition to the chalk art, Jennifer has done work in a variety of media such as pen & ink, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, ceramics and fiber, and freelances as a graphic designer, specializing in logos, advertising & marketing materials and websites.

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