April 25, 2012

Estria Miyashiro and SharkToof
Continental Art Supplies, Reseda, CA
April 21, 2012

Few and Far Womens Crew
Yoshi and Beth
April 20-21, 2012

Venice Public Art Walls - In conjunction with Stash Maleski,
Founder of ICU Art
Urban Legends Artist Collaboration,
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Venice, CA.

 Venice Public Art Walls - Urban Legends Artist Collaboration,
Sunday, April 22, 2012 ~ Venice, CA.

 "The Downtown Artist At Large"
Man One, (Copyright) 2012
Crewest, Los Angeles, CA


Shawni D UrbanArtPR@gmail.com

New Murals To Be Painted This Week Throughout Los Angeles County In Celebration
of the ‘Urban Legends’ Exhibition, Opening, Friday April 27th.

Monday, April 23, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) -- Fans and appreciators of murals and public art, this is your lucky week! In celebration of the April 27th opening of the ‘Urban Legends’ Public Art Exhibition, numerous murals are being painted in cities throughout Los Angeles County. Many artists from around the world are in town to attend the opening weekend, and will be joining together uniting all forms of Urban Art adding their flavor in creating colorfully spray painted walls to the existing open air museums that are once again starting to increase, thanks to the public outcry to remove the ban on the commission of murals on private property.

‘Urban Legends’ is uniting traditional muralists, who began beautifying the city through cultural and sociopolitical story telling in the late ‘60’s along with today’s generation of street artists. This global movement and the revival of the muralist rising up again in the city once known as Mural Capital of the World, is as important to today’s society as the pop art movement that began in the 1950’s.

"If you think of graffiti writing and art in public as a war for public spaces, and the paint companies as arms dealers, this has been a multimillion dollar industry," said Estria Miyashiro, founder of the Estria Foundation, who will open the ‘Urban Legends’ exhibition in April. "Despite [graffiti] writing being around for over 40 years, artists are only now being recognized and paid for their skills. Galleries, museums and art fairs are jumping on the bandwagon." Estria Miyashiro, as quoted in the KCET Departure article, written by Ed Fuentes. 

Starting Monday, April 23rd on Winston and Main in Downtown LA, ManOne, Founder of Crewest Gallery, will begin painting a mural of a local man who is a 30 year resident of Skid row, and fondly known as “The Artist.” This mural is to honor and recognize those representing the original downtown who have become invisible to many “In giving a face to the invisible, by commemorating him and others in a mural, I hope to also lift them up and let them know they are not alone or forgotten.”  ManOne.

Crewest Gallery is celebrating their tenth year of business and are known as being Los Angeles’ original street art gallery, dedicated to promoting gifted artists whose work may be too edgy and non-conventional for other venues. Man One has been recognized for his unwavering support for many charitable causes, donating his time and talents painting and teaching art on behalf of The HeArt Project, I Am Angel Foundation, The Center for Biological Diversity, and Heal the Bay.
'URBAN LEGENDS' PUBLIC ART FROM AROUND THE WORLD, opens Friday, April 27th at the LA Mart Design Center. All proceeds from the opening exhibition will go to the planning organizations, and artists, to help further their efforts and outreach into the local community, and abroad.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at: www.publicartlegends.eventbrite.com; (or at the door unless sold out.) The Estria Foundation was founded in 2010 by graffiti artist Estria Miyashiro, and Jeremy LaTrasse, co-founder of Twitter. For more information on the Exhibition, please visit: www.estria.org/events.

Free admission to ‘Urban Legends’ will begin May 1st. This exhibition is open to the public on select days Tuesday, May 1 through the closing on Saturday, May 26, 2012 and also by appointment. In addition, there will be artist talks, and additional programming scheduled throughout the month. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the following: LA Weekly, Amoeba Music, Market Restaurants and Catering, Friends We Love, Big Man Bakes, Crescent Graffiti Paper, Fast Company, KCRW, LA Canvas, Jarritos Soda, Neon Green, LA Taco, Visual Art Source, Starbucks, Fusicology, Tribal Gear, LACMA, View From A Loft, KPFK, Black Lab Ventures, Licor 43, and Moonshine.

For locations and more information, please e-mail UrbanArtPR@gmail.com.

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