Sunday, April 29, 2012

AWESOME ART!


Our newspaper, Bradenton Herald, spotlighted this building last week. The article filled me with hope for our world that seems to be so full of bad things happening.  Of course you know the MadSnapper raced down there to see and SNAP!


The article started with these words.

Where can one find a mermaid, a fisherman and a bird carrying a guitar?

In Bradenton, the answer is on the back walls of the Hope Chest Thrift Store.



Hope Chest is part of Hope Family Services, which serves Women and Children in abusive situations.



The four walls were painted last month by 12 artists who donated their time to transform the building into a colorful mural featuring a musical, cultural, riverfront theme said Miriam Valverde writer for the Bradenton Herald



  "It's 2,200 square feet of awesome," said Hector Ferran, coordinator of the Ninth Avenue Mural Project and owner of VMI Media Group. "It's not all about graffiti, it's just art  Miriam Valverde



Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/04/22/4008636/ninth-avenue-mural-project-aims.html#storylink=rss#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy


The store is a division of Hope Family Services, a nonprofit organization established in 1979 providing shelter, counseling and other services to any individual in a domestic violence situation.
The shelter housed 433 people last fiscal year, with the average person staying about 23 days,

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/04/22/4008636/ninth-avenue-mural-project-aims.html#storylink=rss#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy



I say Bravo to the City of Bradenton for approving this and also Bravo and Kudos to the Artist that donated their time and efforts.

edit in PicMonkey
to be continued up close and personal, each piece of this acrylic and spray painted marvel.

35 comments:

Ginny said...

This is totally cool! My fave is the cute pudgy birds carrying the guitar and pail. You are just like me, one way I find things to post is that I read about them in the newspaper, then I run out to see!!! I carefully check out everything that is going on, arts, community news, anything.

In Love With Sunflower said...

Awesome art, indeed :)

Thanks to the creative minds of the people behind this. They have transformed the place into an artsy, creative niche amidst the chaos in the city.

I would love to read more of your positive posts in the future. Please let me know if you'd like to exchange links. Farida :)

SquirrelQueen said...

What happy looking artwork, I really like those little birds with the pails. It is good to see communities brightening up otherwise bland building with the work of local artist. I'll be looking forward to the close-ups.

Andrew said...

So wonderful to see.

Eva Ason said...

Hi Sandra, now THIS is ART! This is beautifully done and it so cool :)
Have a lovely day!

Eva

DawnTreader said...

What a wonderful initiative! Love it! Who could pass without smiling and stopping to admire?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is sure to draw attention,of the good sort. I love the bright colours.

A Quiet Corner said...

What a wonderful use of talent!...:)JP

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

WOW-WOW-WOW!!!!!!! What a lot of wonderful and creative work went into all of this! Hooray for the artists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."
~Coco Chanel

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Bravo to Bradenton for sure!!!! That art work is AWESOME, Sandra. So glad you captured it with your camera. It certainly does give one a feeling of hope ---as opposed to most of the other news we read about these days.
Hugs,
Betsy

TexWisGirl said...

it really is beautiful. makes you happy to look at it and all the activity going on. my favorites (of course) are the bird sitting on the heart wave and the fat birds flying off carrying the painting supplies. :)

BlueShell said...

awesome , indeed..I've never seen such beautiful paintings on a wall...
Love it...

troutbirder said...

Fantastic. I really enjoyed the look. :)

Maple Lane said...

The artists did an awesome job! What a great service Hope Charities provides.

George said...

This is simply wonderful. The artist have transformed the building into a work of art, which hopefully will help raise the spirits of the people who need the services of this organization. I'm glad the Mad Snapper rushed down there with her camera.

photowannabe said...

Love this art work. Its full of fantasy and vivid color.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
That's my kind of thrift store.

Ann said...

oh that is fabulous. Awesome that artists donated their time and talent to do this. It looks great.

Susannah said...

Hooray for Bradenton!! Great artwork that puts a smile on everybody's face!

SweetMarie said...

What a wonderful cause...helping abused women and children...been there and I know you have as well.
I just love the name of the store...Hope Chest..very catchy!
There were definitely some talented people involved in this art! It's sooo happy to look at it! My favorite is the bird on the heart wave. LOVE it!

Gail said...

Great way to beautify an old building. Truly beautiful.

Madi and Mom said...

I love it...such happy characters and brilliant colors...sure to make everyone smile.
hugs Madi and Mom

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

This is really cool! Makes a great background!

S. Etole said...

What colorful and fun murals.

Rizalenio said...

Awesome. Looking at it makes me smile. Very nice project.

Scott said...

That is some fine and welcome graffiti.

Sorry I haven't been by much lately. I've been away and had some computer issues, but I'm back and will try to visit much more often again.

Catherine said...

What a fun wall ~ very cool! Love the colors.
xo Catherine

LC said...

What a cheerful hope-filed message this art send, so appropriate for the hope-giving mission of the organization benefitting from these visual gifts of time and talents.

Chatty Crone said...

You are so sweet. I love to see this kind of pretty are work with all the colors. I can’t even describe what it does for me. You get to see the good things in life sometimes instead of all the bad the news. Very pretty.
♥ Love, sandie

missing moments said...

This is awesome! Love their artwork. We'll have to find this place when down here.

Betty Manousos said...

totally awesome!

great artwork, too. such lovely colours!

xo

Amy Burzese said...

Just beautiful! So colorful.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful post, Sandra. Thank you for sharing these photos and the story behind them. Fabulous project.

Heidrun Khokhar said...

I agree that all of the efforts including your post of this make this very special.

Rose said...

Oh, wow, SAndra...this is totally awesome....

How is Baby? I haven't checked all your blog....Lorelei has been here and I just got home from meeting her mom half way between...I feel like a little tornado has just been through.

Debra Dickinson said...

I don't even have words for how incredibly amazing that is. Thanks for sharing!