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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/8/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and 352arts is pleased to announce Gainesville’s first 3-D mural, created by local multidisciplinary artist Daniel Vélez-Climent. This weekend on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12, Vélez-Climent will paint the mural titled "Shackles," at 200 NE First St., while the Downtown Festival & Art Show is occurring nearby.

Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/26/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative, in collaboration with Santa Fe College’s Department of Fine Arts, will host acclaimed urban artist Maser from Sunday, Nov. 12-Monday, Nov. 20 at their Northwest Campus, located at 3000 NW 83rd St.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/27/2017
Gainesville’s 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative and Bulla Cubana, the Cuban arts and culture festival that has been taking place throughout the area, have retained a talented duo of Cuban-born artists to create a spectacular mural to commend the recent change in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Leading the 352walls project is internationally-acclaimed artist Juan Travieso, who was raised in the U.S. and travels the world creating murals and other works of art. Joining Travieso is Miguel Machado, who has lived in Havana, Cuba all his life and has been singled out as one of the most talented emerging visual artists of his generation. Both are successful millennials who are passionate about street art. Their creation complements 352walls’ mission to position Gainesville as a vibrant cultural destination, stimulate urban renewal, foster tourism and economic development, beautify the urban landscape, boost community pride and serve as a platform for urban art studies.

The public is invited to stop by the Walker Furniture store, located at 113 NW Eighth Ave. in downtown Gainesville, to meet and watch Travieso and Machado, the new “Duo Cubano,” as they design and create their mural Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 between 1-5 p.m.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is produced by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Cultural Affairs Manager Russell Etling and 352walls Project Coordinator Raquel Vallejo. The 352walls curatorial committee includes Anne Gilroy, Bill Bryson, Craig O’Neil, Julia Morrisroe and Kerry Oliver-Smith.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is supported by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, the Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Council on Arts and Culture, University of Florida School of the Arts + Art History, Gainesville Florida Community Design Center, Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation, Artwalk Gainesville, National Institute of Urban Art, Héctor Framing & Gallery, Bulla Cubana and more.

To view images of Duo Cubano’s artwork created by Juan Travieso and Miguel Machado, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskSPPf4S.
Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/17/2016
The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative kicks off a new season in October with a series of lectures, masterclasses, murals and hands-on workshops in an innovative collaboration with the University of Florida School of Art + Art History. The 352walls Masterclass Series features internationally acclaimed urban/street artists who are currently teaching at diverse universities. These new educational programs complement the 352walls mission to position Gainesville as a vibrant cultural destination, stimulate urban renewal, foster tourism and economic development, beautify the urban landscape, boost community pride and serve as a platform for urban art studies.

Prominent street artist Gaia returns to Gainesville to kick off the 352walls Masterclass Series. Gaia, whose real name is Andrew Pisacane, was on the forefront of the American urban art movement in the 1990s. He was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Art & Style and is featured in the book “Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art.” Gaia’s work has been exhibited throughout the world.

Gaia arrives Tuesday, Oct. 25 to lead a panel discussion on the subject of his recent Gainesville mural titled What Are the Aesthetics of Reinvestment. The panel discussion is at the Civic Media Center, which is located at 433 S. Main St., from 6-8 p.m. Panelists include Lenny Correa (aka LunarNewYear), artist, teacher, activist and curator; Faye Williams, local activist, organizer and scholar; Monica Compana, artist, curator and founder of Living Walls Atlanta; and Mia Loving, curator and founder of the Invisible Majority. A reception with the artist will follow the program. (event reference code: Gaia panel - 10/25)

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Gaia will speak about the remarkable history of the global urban/street art movement and talk about his artistic journey. This takes place at the UF Fine Arts Building, room 105, from 6-7 p.m. and will be followed by a questions and answers session. (event reference code: Gaia lecture - 10/26)

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, Gaia will teach a workshop to introduce students to airbrush painting, spray painting and other techniques at the 352 teaching wall, located at 706 W. University Ave., weather permitting. The popular Gainesville eatery, Leonardo’s 706, has provided the “352 teaching wall” for urban artists and students to paint on an ongoing basis. (event reference code: Gaia workshop #1 - 10/27)

A second workshop by Gaia is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 in which participants will design and create a mural applying the various techniques taught by the multifaceted artist at the 352 teaching wall from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., weather permitting. (event reference code: Gaia workshop #2 - 10/28)

352walls and Héctor Framing & Gallery present David Zayas, a master muralist and professor of art at the Metropolitan University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During his two week stay from Oct. 26 to Nov. 8, Zayas will create a spectacular mural at Leonardo’s 706, weather permitting.

Zayas will also teach a hands-on mural painting workshop Friday, Nov. 4 from 1-5 p.m. at the 352 teaching wall, weather permitting. (event reference code - Zayas workshop 11/4)

352walls and the National Institute of Urban Art based in south Florida have teamed up to showcase Brian Adam Douglas, the gifted “paper painter” from Brooklyn. Douglas has been pasting (yes, pasting) and painting his distinctive woodcuts, stencils, charcoal drawings and collages onto the walls of cities all over the world under the name Elbow Toe. Douglas is currently an adjunct professor at legendary School of Visual Arts in New York City. From Nov. 14-20, Elbow Toe will create a mural in Gainesville, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in a location to be determined by the artist upon his arrival.

On Friday, Nov. 18, Elbow Toe will teach a wheat pasting master class emphasizing approach, technique and materials at the 352 teaching wall from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for participants to learn his exceptional techniques. (event reference code - Adams master class 11/18)

Photographs of visiting artists can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gainesville/albums/72157675230077126.

Classes are free and open to students, artists, the general public and the curious; however, space is limited and reservations are required. Participants must be over 18-years-old, able-bodied and able to stand for two hours. Participants must bring their own tools, hats, bottled water, working gloves, used clothing, etc.

If you are interested in attending the 352walls Masterclass Series, please visit www.cityofgainesville.org to find the reference code for each class before registering. To register, contact Erin M. Connelly at econnelly@arts.ufl.edu. Leave your name, email, cell number and the event reference code.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Cultural Affairs Manager Russell Etling and 352walls Project Coordinator Raquel Vallejo.

The 352walls Curatorial committee includes Anne Gilroy, Bill Bryson, Craig O’Neil, Julia Morrisroe and Kerry Oliver-Smith.

The project partners include the University of Florida School of Art + Art History, Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust, Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Florida Community Design Center, Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation, Artwalk Gainesville, National Institute of Urban Art, Héctor Framing & Gallery, Leonardo’s 706 Restaurant, Bulla Cubana, Civic Media Center and more to follow!
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/22/2016

Starting Monday, Feb. 22 and for the following week, the public is invited to witness the live creation of the latest “352walls initiative” as world-renowned Portuguese artist /designer Add Fuel (b. Diogo Machado, 1980) creates imaginary worlds by combining fictional characters, decorative elements and stencils with a comical twist and an extraordinary sense of symmetry. In the series of trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) tiles that he will paint on electrical boxes throughout historic downtown Gainesville, he will lead viewers to believe that they are encountering remnants of the past. However, when viewers get closer and inspect the tiles carefully, they will discover a whimsical environment made up of imaginary figures and creatures – all conceived by the artist.

The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic. The February 18-March 2 edition is now available.

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce a major event that will take place in downtown Gainesville at Lot 10 (100 SW First Ave. in Gainesville) Friday, Feb. 26 from 4-7 p.m. Free and open to the public, 352Creates @ Lot 10 will be an interactive and fun event featuring live music, a community sing-a-long, drum circle, hands-on art activities, spoken word by Gainesville poets and a variety of experiences that celebrate the creative spirit in all of us. As part of the activities, a brief ceremony will dedicate the completion of the 2015 phase of the spectacular 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative murals, many of which are on the sides of the buildings surrounding Lot 10. A “wall walk” of the 352walls in the vicinity will follow the 352Creates @ Lot 10 event at 7 p.m.

The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic. The February 4-17 edition is now available.
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