The Napa Valley Vine Trail, Napa Valley Wine Train and members of Napa’s local arts community have partnered to create the first art district in the Napa Valley, designated as the Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa.
RAD Napa will transform the existing Cross-Town Commuter Path into a cultural corridor providing an experiential and educational trail celebrating our beautiful Napa Valley. This will be accomplished by applying murals to the backs of buildings, installing sculptures, fence art, landscaping, gateway features, and more!
Thinkspace is honored to be the curator for the mural portion of this amazing project. This will be an ongoing, multi-year project spanning dozens of walls and featuring some of the biggest names in muralism.
Kicking things off this Thursday will be Bezt of Etam Cru in collaboration with Natalia Rak – both artists arrive in from Poland tomorrow afternoon and we can’t wait to watch them work their magic up in Napa Valley.
Recent mural by Betz
The wall in Napa being buffed for Betz
Coming up in March will be Felipe Pantone from Argentina, followed by Cinta Vidal in April. More projects currently in the works. Plans are to have 6-8 walls created annually. We will have Birdman on scene documenting all the goodness, so we will be sure to share some progress later this week.
Thinkspace family artists Telmo Miel just completed another moving mural ‘Not As Creepy as I Seem’ in Dordrecht, Holland. Here is the inspiration behind the piece in the artists’ own words.
“The picture we used as reference was from an old photo database, that had pictures of people in Dordrecht in the 1930-1940s. This particular girl we saw perfectly fitted this wall, and because of the fact the girl was from there we could not resist using it as a base for our concept.
By looking at those photo’s we realized the overall feel of photography drastically changed over the decades. Nowadays people use their phones or in luxurious circumstances they hire a photographer for family portraits. But the feel is usually happy, smiling, or with a duckface here and there. The database we went through was filled with serious people in a clothing style that referred more to modern day horror films than wholesome family life.
In every case, there is a kind of easily misinterpret-able factor ‘appearance’. She isn’t creepy though. Just like I’m not always angry, although I maybe appear to be.”
Make sure to check out their current exhibition at the Fullerton Museum Center ‘Lost and Not Found’
in its final days. The exhibition features a mural and a few original works by the artists closes November 27th.
In anticipation for his upcoming solo exhibition at the Brand Library & Art Center, Saner is creating a new mural at 8th and Central next to the Spice Bodega. For all those mural junkies, check out the new piece developing this week and Saner’s In a Dream (En un Sueño) solo exhibition opening this weekend.
Sandra Chevrier’s first mural in the United States can now be spotted in Los Angeles on the corner of Vermont and 25th. The mural was co-produced by Branded Arts and we have some awesome progress shots of Sandra making the mural courtesy of Birdman Photography.
Make sure to stop by Thinkspace Gallery now through November 5th for Sandra Chevrier’s latest exhibition, The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives .
A new Sandra Chevrier mural can be spotted in Los Angeles on the corner of Vermont and 25th. This is Sandra’s first mural in the United States and we have to give props to Branded Arts for co-producing this gem with us. Make sure to come by the opening of Sandra’s latest exhibition, The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday from 6-9pm.
Thinkspace curator Andrew Hosner headed out to Las Vegas last weekend to check out the murals at Life Is Beautiful. The mural element of the music and art festival was curated by our friends over at Just Kids and a few of the Thinkspace family were invited to participate. Bezt, Dulk, and Martin Whatson blessed the buildings of Las Vegas with colorful fun new pieces.
An art adventure for Hosner would not be complete without exploring some abandoned buildings. Here are some other stops on his Vegas adventure.
Also on view for the next two years, just outside Las Vegas ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ by Ugo Rondinone is a must see.
Prolific artistic duo Telmo Miel has had a busy summer! They kicked off their season of murals at POW! WOW! Long Beach in conjunction with their piece for “Vitality in Verve in the Third Dimension” at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Before heading back over the Atlantic, Telmo Miel painted another fantastic mural piece at the Fullerton Museum Center for their mini exhibition “Lost and Not Found”. Once back in Europe, they hopped from country to country creating new pieces in 4 different countries from Italy to Norway. Absolutely killing it with 7 murals in 3 months, and we don’t anticipate them slowing down.
Make sure to catch Telmo Miel’s exhibition “Lost and Not Found” at the Fullerton Museum Center in the Foyer Gallery before it closes next Saturday, September 24th. Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website from more information on Telmo Miel and view all available work from the artists here. Now let’s scroll through their amazing pieces; title and location is above the photos.
“Far From Tired” – Long Beach, CA | Pow! Wow! Long Beach
“Strange to Us, Normal To Others” – Long Beach, CA | Vitality & Verve : In The Third Dimension
“KU” – Norway |UGANGprosjektet
‘Når jeg blir Stor’ (When I Grow Up) – Drammen, Norway | UGANGprosjektet
“Proud Parronts” – Refugee Camp in Dortmund, Germany | 44309 Street Art Gallery
“Eleventeen” – Pertuis, France | ArtWork Festival
“Half Way Here” – Civitanova, Italy | Anime De Strada
“Rarely Tidy” – Fullerton, CA | Fullerton Museum Center