coast to coast

 

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project: #4

location: 13 cities across the U.S.

date: 17th May – 12th Sept, 2014

type: tour / collaborative paintings / music / live art / artist showcases / poetry slams

 

COAST TO COAST

An idea built up from dream state suddenly carved deep within the creative veins that consume the artist self in me. An idea seemingly too big too soon was to be tested and executed across America. The map lay there and the cities began calling out from the page as if the people, the communities, were begging for a creative chance. Dots and lines were drawn, and all of a sudden 13 unrelated places had a connection to each other. The Coast to Coast road trip tour was underway.

THE CITIES.

Minneapolis. Creative gems hide along a majestic river bed.  Musicians making waves. Art-district streets flowing with inspired locals. Bike-ways, green grasses, and cool blue fresh waters.

Chicago. Train and subway lines showcasing street art genius. Historic architecture keeping eyes up and necks cricked. Poets, park artists, and creative city type stamping this Midwest city as the center of it all.

Saint Louis. The gateway to a new type of creative. Sculptural playgrounds. Mouth watering markets. Collective art spaces. All likes of the city highlight the talents of the people. The unique people… building new bridges to connect us all.

Denver. A mountain casting shadows from afar. The shadows dance, sing, create, eat, and live anyway. A cross-way of the country drawing inspiration from all corners. Bright, colorful, flavorful inspiration.

Santa Fe. A place like no other. The streets, the homes, the cafes, the people… like no other. A small charm creating in big, expressive, impressive, like no other, ways.

Moab. One may visit and never leave. Stay for the natural red-orange, dusty beauty. Stay for the sunrises and the sunsets. Stay for the community that is constantly creating, exploring, and growing together.

Las Vegas. Bright lights beam on even brighter stars. A sleepless city. Downtown. Arttown. Paristown. Moneytown. It’s a city of all cities. Of all flavors. Of all creative stars.

Long Beach. A lighthouse leads to coastal creatives. Local shops. Local foods. Local attitudes. It’s all happening here. Work hard. Create more. Inspire all.

San Francisco. Steep city hills keep creative juices rolling. New age innovations. Old school community creations. Mixing up the traditional. Creating new forms of art, media, food, and community.

Portland. A fresh, new, weird that keeps your spirit young and pure. Trucks of food. Bikes of color. Life is anything but ordinary. Creativity thrives. Let your inner child roam free.

Miami. Look beyond the beaches and the palms. Walls become canvas as the outdoor gallery rounds every corner. Flavor and style give this hot stirring city a creative punch.

Philadelphia. History and art go hand in hand. Comics keep things light. Musicians keep things true. Artists keep things interesting. An old community still thrives.

Boston. Harbour and lake views stun the senses. A city re-invented with music, art, and love. Old highways hold as much character as the old red bricks built below them.

New York City. A tangled dirty beautiful mess of art, music, and madness. Night and day the city beats its creative drums. The crowds, the fashions, the foods, the neighborhoods, they all blend uniquely together. One big city. One big dream.

ONLY ONE DAY.

From city to city. This tour had us on the run. Drive all night. Explore all day. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. The minutes couldn’t get any faster, but when event days came time stood still. The street side set-up stopped everyone in their tracks. Suddenly, there was enough time to listen to a sidewalk band. Enough time to watch an artist paint a portrait. To hear a poet speak and a friend sing. To laugh, learn, communicate and create. Each city event was only one day. But sometimes only one moment is all we really needed anyway.

THE END OF THE ROAD.

And in the end they hung on white walls side by side. People from each corner of the country. People from different cities, different backgrounds, different jobs, environments, and personalities. In a room fit for 50… over 700 were there. This was the end of the road, and they all showed up.


 

Co-tour comrad, Bernard McNearney, biking NE Minneapolis streets.
Co-tour comrad, Bernard McNearney, biking NE Minneapolis streets.
Bikes along the Mississippi River Park Path.
Bikes along the Mississippi River Park Path. Minneapolis
Musician Elizabeth Ghandour playing a set at the Minneapolis event.
Musician Elizabeth Ghandour playing a set at the Minneapolis event.


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Minneapolis community paintings.

Framing the iconic Bean Sculpture. Downtown Chicago.
Framing the iconic Bean Sculpture. Downtown Chicago.
Creative Doorways. Chicago.
Doorway. Art. Chicago.
Train lines of creativity. Chicago.
Train lines of creativity. Chicago.
Chicago community member painting the Alley Art canvas.
Chicago community member painting the Alley Art canvas.

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Chicago community paintings.

A Saint Louis market filled with bright, savory, colorful foods.
A Saint Louis market filled with bright, savory, colorful foods.
Cake sculpture. Pogo jumper. Saint Louis
Cake sculpture. Pogo jumper. Saint Louis
A local DJ mixing at the creatives hot spot, Blank Space.
A local DJ mixing at the creatives hot spot, Blank Space.
A father and son bond while painting on the Saint Louis Alley Art canvas.
A father and son bond while painting on the Saint Louis A.A. canvas.

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Saint Louis community paintings.

Hidden in the shadows. Art on walls. Denver.
Hidden in the shadows. Art on walls. Denver.
Denver musician on Santa Fe St. First friday art madness.
Denver musician on Santa Fe St. First friday art madness.
Bikes. Walls. Denver.
Bikes. Walls. Denver.

 

Denver event rocking the patio at Backstage Coffee.
A.A. Denver event rocking out the patio at Backstage Coffee.

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Denver community paintings.

Santa Fe Railyard. Visual displays at the Currents Festival. currentsnewmedia.org
Santa Fe Railyard. Visual displays at the Currents Festival. currentsnewmedia.org
Artists collaborating with spray. Santa Fe.
Artists collaborating with spray at an outdoor arts event. Santa Fe.
Locals making first marks on the Santa Fe community paintings.
Locals making first marks on the Santa Fe community paintings.

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Santa Fe community paintings.

Natural rock sculpture. Moab.
Natural rock sculpture. Moab.
An awe inspiring sunset over the Moab landscape.
An awe inspiring sunset over the Moab landscape.
Local musicians Scott Ibex and Dhyana Green collaborate at the Alley Art Moab event.
Local musicians Scott Ibex and Dhyana Green collaborate at the A.A. Moab event.

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Moab community paintings.

Bright lights shine throughout the night. Las Vegas.
Bright lights shine throughout the night. Las Vegas.
Interesting art fills downtown Vegas galleries.
Interesting art fills downtown Vegas galleries.
Artist Jef Logan working live at the A.A. Vegas event.
Artist Jef Logan working live at the A.A. Vegas event.
Artist Alexander Huerta poses for a portrait.
Artist Alexander Huerta poses for a portrait.

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Las Vegas community paintings.

The iconic Long Beach Lighthouse.
The iconic Long Beach Lighthouse.
Kids working hard on a larger A.A. Long Beach painting.
Families working hard on a larger A.A. Long Beach painting outside of ARTX. www.artexchangelb.org
A completed large collaboration from the A.A. Long Beach event.
A board collaboration from the A.A. Long Beach event.

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Long Beach community paintings.

San Francisco. Interesting architecture. Interesting murals.
San Francisco. Interesting architecture. Interesting murals.
A birds eye of the community collaborating at the A.A. San Francisco event.
A birds eye of the community collaborating at the A.A. San Francisco event.
Musicians playing their weekly Sunday tunes. San Francisco.
Musicians playing their weekly Sunday tunes. San Francisco.
Local artists sketching at 111 Minna's "Sketch Tuesdays"
Local artists sketching at 111 Minna’s “Sketch Tuesdays”

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San Francisco community paintings.

Portland. Bikes sculpture.
Portland. Bikes sculpture.
Framing weirdness in Portland.
Framing weirdness in Portland.
The Alley Art table of paints. Portland.
The Alley Art table of paints. Portland.

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Portland community paintings.

Wynwood murals lit up after hours. Miami.
Wynwood murals lit up after hours. Miami.
Miami walls dripping with creativity.
Miami walls dripping with creativity.
A.A. Miami event underway in the Wynwood Brewing Co.
A.A. Miami event underway in the Wynwood Brewing Co.

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Miami community paintings.

Philadelphia locals getting creative for their portrait shot.
Philadelphia locals getting creative for their portrait shot.
Black Brick taking the stage at the A.A. Philadelphia event.
Black Brick owning the stage at the A.A. Philadelphia event.
A canvas full of hands. Philadelphia.
A canvas full of hands. Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia community paintings.

An alley of art, just what we like. Boston.
An alley of art, just what we like. Boston.
Boston musicians lighting the stage at a SOFAR Sounds gig.
Boston musicians lighting the stage at a SOFAR Sounds gig.
Young aspiring artists making bold moves on the Boston A.A. canvas'.
Young aspiring artists making bold moves on the Boston A.A. canvas’.

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Boston community paintings.

New York City Park.
New York City Park.
Fashion. Frames. And fully colored walls. The living Gallery, Brooklyn.
Fashion. Frames. And fully colored walls. The living Gallery, Brooklyn.
The Living Gallery owner and artist, Nyssa Frank getting involved with the interactive Alley Art installation. Brooklyn.
The Living Gallery owner and artist, Nyssa Frank getting involved with the interactive Alley Art installation. Brooklyn.
Artists creating at the final event from the tour. NYC.
Artists creating at the final event from the tour. NYC.

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NYC community paintings.
NYC community paintings.

 

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