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Jenny While’s Arresting Murals Popping Up Around The Village

Career goal of law enforcement might have to take a back seat if her artistic sideline takes off.

Don’t be surprised if you see a big green monster peering out from the upper window of Readers Inc. the next time you pass by. Jenny While spent part of the weekend painting the creature at mom Deena’s bookstore, a service she’s done other business owners in The Village.

“This has always been my hobby,” said Jenny While, 21, who learned how to paint from her grandma. “I’ve never made money from it before, but I’m starting to think I can do it part time because it’s been a lot of fun.”

The lettering at Lisa’s Cottage and Gentlemen’s Resale Clothiers is Jenny While’s handiwork, but most recently she painted a mural on the façade of Bill Jayne’s All Things Bright and British.

The mural took more than two months to complete and wraps around the British-themed grocery and souvenir shop. It consists of two scenes—a British foot guard who, despite his stone-faced training, is distracted by a pair of marching pigeons, and two children looking into a window shop of the past.

She enjoys painting, but Jenny’s career goal is law enforcement. In fact, she already works part time as a call taker for the La Mesa Police Department while attending San Diego State University. Her family, however, is very supportive of her artistic side.

“I think my family likes it better than the law enforcement idea,” she said.

Elaine C. September 06, 2011 at 01:28 PM
It's great knowing the stories behind things you see on the street.
Lisa S September 06, 2011 at 11:34 PM
I'm so proud of Jenny and the great job she did across the street at All Things Bright and British! It's lovely to look out my window and see her charming interpretations of what Bill wanted. I LOVE the way she painted my sign on the building, even climbing up on precarious scaffolding to get it "just right". Yikes! I hope we can see lots more of her work around town...it really brightens things up!
Genevieve Suzuki September 08, 2011 at 06:16 AM
I love Jenny's work and am a big fan of Jenny the individual!
William Pogue September 08, 2011 at 05:38 PM
The paintings brighten up the walls and the walls of my mind. Thank you, Jenny. Bill Pogue, aka Pokonose el payaso

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