By Maquette Reeverts | Alberta Art Works
It’s time to recharge the community, and our artists and creatives are ready to jump. For the past year there has been a void in the arts which rely heavily on an audience. Luckily a street artist’s audience is the passerby.
With a do-acracy attitude, the multi-disciplined artist Campo, of Campographic Murals & Design, stuck his head in the door and met Aisha Keita building out a thrift store in the former Island Foods Market building at 1436 N.E. Killingsworth St.
“Understanding the importance of having an approachable facade, I offered her my services to hire a team of artists to paint her building and boost her visibility,” he reported. Faced with 2,500 square feet of surface to paint, Campo turned to GoFundMe.com to raise funds to buy supplies and pay expenses for participating artists.
Local businesses GreenHAUS Gallery and OpenHAUS, the Alberta Main Street organization and others helped promote the effort to reach the target goal. The team of artists include Calm, Flash, Cead, Case 12, Bose, Rong, Heysus, Eyedrawp, @Mungala_Nao and Campo. Each artist is working on a different space on the building.
Campo is painting the largest span, which faces the intersection. Following Aisha’s suggestion, the young poet Amanda Gorman – with lines from her poem read on Inauguration Day – was chosen as the subject for his section of the mural.
With all the changes happening to the landscape, this site too is in flux. But the artists take it in stride. “Nothing is forever. For me this is OK, as it allows me to enjoy something temporarily and then release it someday.” Campo said. Their work is for you to enjoy while it remains.
Michel Reeverts, aka Maquette , holds a master of arts degree in art education, serves Alberta Art Works as director and Alberta Street Gallery as a board member. She is also a practicing artist. Contact her at Maquette@AlbertaArtWorks.org