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JULY 2017 |
Clay Cup Studios, Sherwin Williams®, and
even a proclamation of support from the
City of Galveston, the GKP assembled a
team of dynamic young artists who have
managed to create a distinct calling card
for the downtown Arts District—one
that has sharply increased the district’s
exposure on social media.
“What we really want to convey is that
one person can make a difference,” says
Toberman. “People came together for
kindness and it happened organically—
this is an altruistic endeavor from
our community of artists, it is not an
advertisement, we aren’t selling anything,
we simply want to promote kindness
while also increasing foot traffic into the
galleries [on Postoffice Street].”
Erin continues to explain that the 22
Street corridor lends itself to pedestrian
traffic; it is an important key to linking
the Strand with Postoffice and creating
a cohesive downtown. Despite the
multitude of incredibly talented artists
whose galleries line Postoffice Street,
the area is not nearly as well-known or
as frequented as The Strand. The artists
insist that “street art” is the answer.
“It makes art more accessible,” explains
Adam Ross Garrison, the artist behind
the ingenious concept of the “selfie
wall.” The mural has the capacity to draw
people into a world of creativity that
will certainly lead to other places just
around the corner. “It shows you where
to look for new treasures, and says ‘Hey,
look! Come take an art adventure,” adds
“We also want to influence people to
tap into their own creativity, which we
see every day with the poses in front of
Adam’s umbrella, or with the balloon,”
Erin continues. “I also want to promote
these artists, they have the skills, and
the capabilities, and the vision to elevate
the art on a personal level and in the
community—whether it’s your house or
a business—you don’t necessarily have to
have something framed.”
Although met with a mild amount
of criticism at first, with people often
wondering what the “bee lady” was up
to down at that old building, the mural
at 22
Street has become an allegorical
tribute to both Galveston and street
artists, with layers of positive implications
that just may be the city’s long-awaited
answer to unifying downtown.
While lending a much-deserved
legitimacy to street art, the mural sparks conversation and encourages discussion of
the age-old enigma of what exactly defines something as art. All the while, an old,
unused, brown building has been transformed into a sought-after destination that
beckons people to the area. It has brought the artists outside, into the sunshine, where
they can interact with pedestrians, inspire children, and involve the creativity of the
entire community.
But more than anything, it is a declaration, a proclamation: Art Lives Here.
The artists pose on the surfboard selfie wall
Catch a Wave of Kindness
From Left to Right:
Justin Lopez, Erin Toberman,
Seiyge Zellez, Elizabeth Punches, Gabriel
Prusmack. Corathoa, Adam Ross Garrison,
and Amy Owens.
Erin Toberman stands in front of the Kindness wall that faces Postoffice Street.