Fri, Sep 16|
HIGH STREET MURAL: Meet The Artists!
TOGETHER We've raised the funds to activate positive change in our community! Celebrate the next stage of this collaborative public art project and have an opportunity to see proposed mural designs and meet the artists: Artlords from Afghanistan, and Calvin Laituri & Daniel Chiaccio from Vermont!
Time & Location
Sep 16, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
About the Event
Epsilon Spires invites the Brattleboro community to join us inthe next stage of transforming the dilapidated wall on High Street with beautiful public art that sparks local pride, supports cultural tourism in our region, and inspires a sense of community co-ownership of our public spaces. To create a mural that is authentically representative of our town, Epsilon Spires is hosting an event where the community can meet the artists and provide feedback on proposed designs! Together we will reimagine this neglected area of our downtown and revitalize it with a vibrant representation of our exceptional community. Creatively-inspired complimentary refreshments will be provided by Forage & Flourish!
Where Will the Mural Be? As a main artery connecting downtown with route 91, the High Street wall is a visual entry point to many of the central businesses on Main Street. For visitors, it is often the first thing they see when driving into our town. Over the years, it has been repeatedly been defaced with graffiti. By reclaiming this space with a community mural, we will create a beautiful and welcoming atmosphere that encourages visitors to explore everything our downtown has to offer, increasing foot traffic to local businesses and elevating their overall experience in Brattleboro. For locals, the mural will be a beautiful reminder of our town’s creative local culture and vibrancy, and we hope it will continue to inspire pride for years to come.
We hope that by demonstrating the power of creative placemaking, this project will inspire the Brattleboro community to apply their ideas to uplift other underutilized spaces in our town. All it takes is one moment of inspiration and creative solutions to envision a new future for our shared public spaces!
About the Artists:
ArtLords Established in 2014, ArtLords is a grassroots movement of artists and volunteers motivated by the desire to pave the way for social transformation and behavioral change through employing the soft power of art and culture as a non-intrusive approach. Based in Kabul, Afghanistan, they have painted more than 2,100 murals and gained international recognition, including from the United Nations. Recently, a group of Afghani refugees participating in the ArtLords movement resettled in Brattleboro (they will remain nameless for legal protections). This group of artists is bringing their expertise to the project as they help design and paint the final mural.
Daniel Chiaccio is a Vermont based artist and printmaker who currently owns and operates First Proof Press, a community based printmaking studio in the heart of Downtown Brattleboro. Over the years Daniel has worked on various art projects including art installations, murals, solo gallery shows, live printmaking demonstrations and more. Currently Daniel spends his time running First Proof Press, which involves working directly with other artists, instructing art for people of all ages and skill levels, partners with Youth Services to provide free instruction and access to the studio, eneges with the community during open hours and Gallery Walk and provides a space for artists to create and sell their work.
Calvin Laituri is a multidisciplinary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator living in Vernon, Vermont. His work evokes the imagination as time becomes uncertain. His surreal use of scale creates imaginative scenes that suggest alternate realities or not so distant futures. His imagination blossoms in more ways than one as he redesigns architectural styling of the past with that of his own imagination, offering us something both familiar and new. A focus on the extraordinary details and great sense of movement take center stage. An interesting continuation of the artist's exploration as each stroke, simple and small in its form, gives birth to a grand and complex subject. A reminder perhaps, of the beauty found in both that is simple, and that is which is complex