Join City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, the Mural Arts Program, muralist Cesar Viveros, neighborhood youth, and community members-turned-storytellers, for the dedication of the Imagining Frankford mural series. Partner organization the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) will be on hand to showcase the rain garden in Womrath Park, created as part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan.
Work has been moving along on the Frankford murals. The panels on the building opposite Womrath Park are almost finished. Work on the wall of the building that faces the North end of Womrath Park is underway.
I met Cesar Viveros there this week with two other artists as they were mounting the painted panels and on the prepared surface of the wall. This wall is large and is made up of many individual panels that have been painted previously. The people who participated in the community paint days will be able to recognize what they painted.
Each wall has to be prepared before the panels, made of a strong but thin cloth, are attached. After the panels are mounted, there is some touch up work necessary but you can see from the slide show below that it is already shaping up as a monumental work.
There will be a ceremony in the Spring when the last work is complete. Until then we’ll continue to post updates.
If you happen to go by, feel free to stop and say hello to the artists. They are a friendly bunch and like to talk about their work.
The weather last Saturday turned out to be pretty nice so I walked the Avenue as I often do to see what is going on down there. I had to go down to get a picture of the Le-Truck II restaurant exterior. I admire anybody who will hang up a 4 foot tall crab on the front of their business. On the way back, I found the 2nd Saturday Festival going on at Paul and Frankford. That is the former location of the Rivera Restaurant where I spent more than a few Saturday mornings breakfasting.
I met Angela who is a graphic artist (also does oils). She had some of her creations for sale. You can also check her out at her web site here. She says her graphics are Urban and I can identify with that. They were bold and colorful and reasonably priced.
Also selling custom jewelry was Audrey Taylor. I’m not an expert in that area but her creations looked good to me.
Since I was out I went down to 2nd Baptist to get some more pictures of the second Community Paint day. There were a lot of people painting and quite a few were not from Frankford. I met Javese Phelps-Washington who is the mother of Chris Spence. Chris was the young man murdered one night at the T&T bar at Margaret and Hawthorne.
Cesar Viveros, the artist designing the murals, selected different images that will portray Frankford. One of those images depicts a young man in a football uniform bearing the number 45. That was Chris Spence’ number and when I walked into the room, his mother and sister were painting that panel of the mural.
If you ever liked doing paint by numbers, you have to go to the Mural Arts Paint day Saturday August 11th, from 11 to 2.
We had the best time last Saturday. The room was well lit and cool!! You pick a spot at the gaint pannels that are ready for you to paint, a small or large area of paint by numbers. I was having summer childhood flash backs. They showed me what the section would look like when finished. I couldn’t make out what I was painting untill I stood back and it all came together. The Mural Arts group gives you all the supplies you need to get to work. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat. If you like doing paint by numbers and want to be a part of the biggest art works that were ever in Frankford, this is the place to be this coming Saturday! Don’t miss out on all the fun. Diane Kunze
Saturday, August 4th, was the first public community paint day for the Frankford murals. I stopped by for some pictures and there was a steady stream of visitors coming in to try their hand at this historic project. Meanwhile, if you have been by Womrath Park in the last, week you might have missed noticing the work begun on the first mural panels. I was there to photograph the work on the rain garden and missed it myself.
Below is a slide show of Paint day. It’s not too late to participate. There will a second community paint day at 2nd Baptist Church next Saturday from 11AM till 2PM. That is at 1801 Meadow Street.