Fundraising for RVA Street Art Festival Security Guard
The RVA Street Art Festival has set up a fund to help pay for security guard Jack Newsom’s medical bills and other expenses at YouCaring.com (link below). We appreciate all of your requests and comments to provide assistance and are most appreciative of everyone who can spread the word so we can all help Mr. Newsom. We visited him this afternoon and he is recovering at home and in good spirits. We will also host an art auction at Balliceaux in December (date TBA) to raise funds from art work donated by RVA artists and some of those that participated in the Street Art Festival.
It is with a mixture of sadness and outrage that we have to notify the public that the RVA Street Art Festival site has been closed to the public. Access is prohibited and no events or tours will be allowed at this time.
On Saturday night, several suspects trespassed on the property and engaged in the destruction of GRTC property and criminally assaulted the security guard which has left him hospitalized. The case has been assigned to the Richmond Police Major Crimes Division.
We are outraged that such cowardly actions have led to the closing of the site and understand GRTC’s decision. It was our goal to revitalize the area and GRTC property using creativity and art with the hope of changing the expectation of its use as a future neighborhood asset. We did not intend for the actions of a few criminals resorting to such horrible violent behavior to negate the hard work and many hours that GRTC, ourselves, the great artists, and countless others put in to rejuvenating this historically vital spot.
We do not believe that the nature of the art used for this revitalization is by any means indicative of violent criminal behavior. The subject of highest importance now is the well being of the gentleman assaulted and hopes for his speedy recovery; our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We will work with GRTC to reevaluate the use of the property in the future but for the time being the site will remain closed.
This is the view of the amazing hanging sculpture from VCU School of the Arts grad and professor Mariam Eqbal in Building 4. A reflective pool with water will be built below to reflect the light at ground level…
"Jarred’s mother, Stephanie Barr, who teaches children’s art classes at the Petersburg Area Art League, said she and her husband had decided to foster Jarred’s interest in street art, "not to make it a forbidden fruit, but to engage him in positive ways."
Mrs. Barr loved what the festival did last year and is so excited about this year she brought her sons back today to see the prep work going on and also brought the artists and workers on site 12 pizzas and a cooler full of water and Gatorade on this hot afternoon. Our sincerest thanks go out to the Barr family not only for their generosity but also their love of street art and its’ power to transform sites like the Power Plant and GRTC.
Famed local sculptor Paul di Pasquale is using this frame from one of the repair shops as the base for his sculpture piece he will be working on this week - there is no telling where this will end up but we can’t wait!
HENSE recently put a mural on a building in Peru that measured 137 feet tall and 170 feet wide. We don’t have anything that big at GRTC but he will dazzle whatever canvas he gets! Can’t wait to see what he has in store for RVA….
Listen and meet some of the best street artists from RVA and around the country as they discuss the evolution of street art from outlaw expression to accepted art form. The evening is emceed by Ed Trask and sponsored by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery!
They have been collaborating since 2001 and can now finish each others sentences. They have participated in several street art shows, including Baltimore’s Open Walls and Atlanta’s Living Walls Conference. Their dynamic paintings often incorporate recycled materials and break traditional mural boundaries of space, spilling onto the ground. Their aesthetic is inspired by board games, patterns in nature, woven textiles, parades, and bold color combinations. Wait til they get to RVA!
Andrew Shoultz's work at the Monterey Museum of Art
Check out this 2 minute video from Juxtapoz Magazine showcasing Andrew Shoultz’s work at the Monterey Museum of Art. You will get a chance to see Andrew’s amazing talent at the RVA Street Art Festival in September!
Shepard Fairey just completed this new piece in Dumbo, New York City for the 10 Years Of Wooster Collective Show which will be opening tomorrow at Jonathan Levine Gallery. Using stencils, the American artist and his crew quickly painted this beautiful 26′x46′ mural in just two days.”
The 1st class (tomorrow) will feature festival organizers Ed Trask and Jon Baliles who will discuss the history of street art and how it is changing our city and cities across the globe. The 2nd class features Vaughn Garland who is in charge of the sculpture at this year’s exhibit and was the founder of the successful Manchester Sculpture Invitational in 2006. The 3rd class will discuss community involvement in public art with Amy Howard from University of Richmond, which is a main sponsor of this year’s event. The 4th class features local architectural historian Ed Slipek as he discusses the history and use of the GRTC depot that was first built in the late 1800’s as home to the city’s trolley system. The 5th and final class on September 10 will be a special tour of the site with the organizers the day before the festival kicks off!
Don’t miss this exciting and unique class to learn all about creativity and art and RVA!