Saturday March 10th was the day VMI Media Group organized 12 artists to stage Manatee Counties largest single mural in one day.Â In the early morning hours the artists started arriving, coming -from as far as Tampa. In attendance were Ringling School of Art students John Alexander Carvajal, Gabriel Sorondo, Luis Aponte, Hiro, Marcello & Gabriel Diaz. They were also joined y Tampa husband & wife team ERSK, and Cheeta Chad of Cheeta Art from Anna Maria island with his crew. The help was rounded out by generous donations of supplies and discounts from both local business Keeton’s Office & Art Supply and national chain, Home Depot.
With the general theme of the Singing River legend and the revitalization of the downtown Bradenton Riverfront, the artists were allowed to create what they wanted in unison. The project itself was the Brainchild of VMI Media Group and The Village: Magazine of the Arts owner, Hector Ferran. It is both an example of the power local artists have in helping revitalize their neighborhoods and create it as a unique place for people to visit, but also an example of the creative marketing approach VMI Media Group takes to promoting business. Contact VMI Media Group at 941-580-8085 or email@example.com for a quote on a mural or a creative marketing project.
Enjoy a short video taken during the day, a plethora of pictures and an ongoing list of links to news outlets that covered and spread the word about the 9th Ave Mural Project.
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Check out this full color sample of the first panel.
So our first meeting came and went, now we’re working away on the sketch with great vigor. So to whet your appetite we have a sneak peak of the first half of the mural.
VMI’s 3 artists each created a roughly 32ft x 12ft panel. Those were then taken and worked back into the general framework of the mural, which is, The Singing River.
The Singing River is a 300 year-old Native American legend, a love story based in Manatee County. That general theme has been taken and reinterpreted by a younger generation. Tying in other themes of downtown such as the Riverfront, arts and nightlife, this is something not only unique, but uniquely Bradenton.
Enjoy the sneak peak:
On Saturday March 10th, The Village: Magazine of the Arts creator parent creators, VMI Media Group, will be unleashing 2,200 sq ft. of public art on downtown Bradenton.
A decision made after seeing the impressive Wynwood Art District in Miami, VMI approached local non-profit organization, Hope Family Services about sponsoring a small team of artists to cover up the spots of graffiti with pieces by young, local artists. The idea to cover small portions of filth, transformed into a humongous piece of art that covered the entire back of their building. The back of the Hope building faces 9th avenue, and is a road that is heavily traveled all day long.
Here are some photos of the wall as is:
So on March 10th, VMI and a team of 12 artists will transform that wall from public blight to public art. Stay tuned to this page for more information as it comes in.
In the meantime, check out a sample of work from some of the VMI artists involved.
If your interested in sponsoring VMI to create a mural for you, or are interested in getting involved in this project, contact Hector Ferran at 941-580-8085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org