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Save the Sea Turtles!

For her 8th grade project at Duke School, Sadie Rapp is painting a mural on the Balanced Movement Studio at 304  W. Weaver St. in Carrboro. Her goal is not only to learn how to create public art, but also to raise money for the Painted Walls Project.  

The Chapel Hill Preservation Society and Downtown Partnership founded the Painted Walls Project to restore Michael Brown’s  twenty beloved historic murals in downtown Chapel Hill. The money that Sadie raises will go towards restoring the gigantic Sea Turtles mural on Rosemary Street.

Sadie’s mural depicts a collage of 35 dogs tumbling around and in the midst of all the activity, there is a single lost cat. The dogs can be “adopted” for a $50 donation to the Chapel Hill Preservation Society - that will go to fund the mural restoration. The cat is being auctioned to the highest bidder!  If you adopt a dog, you'll get to name her and will be recognized at our opening, Sunday May 15th.

To adopt a dog or bid on the cat, email Sadie Rapp at, and for more information on the Painted Walls Project, visit