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fcee paints mural art nyc Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Painted collaboratively by Queens-based Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love, a fantastical alphabet mural has made its way onto a huge wall on 78th Street adjacent to the Garden School in Jackson Heights. While visiting the site as the mural was near completion, I spoke to classic graffiti writer, Diego 127, who had secured the space.

What an ideal spot for such a striking mural! 

Yes! I’d been eyeing this wall since I moved into this neighborhood in 2004.

alphabet mural r zJPG Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

And how did you go about securing it for this mural?

I eventually connected with Dudley Stewart, an active member of the local community and the president of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance. And he was able to get us the support that we needed to make this happen.

How did you come up with this concept — this amazing alphabet?

Lots of text messages between Chip and me! And we loved the idea of playing with the letters of the alphabet — as we so often do — on a big wall.

alphabet mural jackson heights Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Why did you choose to work with white, black and grey? I love the effect. The impact of this mural is tremendous.

As an illustrator, I often work in black and white. And Chip, in particular, loves black and white.

Did you guys work from an initial sketch or did it all happen on site?

We had developed a loose plan. But the mural, itself, evolved organically. We free-styled, continually revising it and adding to it.

alphabet mural fragment Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

How long have you guys been working on this mural?

We started in May; so it’s been two months.

How have the kids responded to it?

They love it and they’ve loved watching the process.

street art mural art artists nyc Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Congratulations on this! I’m so glad I got to see it!  What a fantastical alphabet!

Interview with Diego 127 by Lois Stavsky; all photos by Lois Stavsky; photo #1 features FCEE; seated in final photo are: Whisper aka Chip LoveFCEE & Diego 127.

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patch whiskey at work atlanta OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

OuterSpace, an event series that merges public art, live music, design, action sports and culture, has recently added 18 new visually intriguing murals to Atlanta, Georgia’s visual landscape. Pictured above is Charleston, South Carolina-based artist Patch Whisky at work. Here are several more images — some of completed murals, and others while still in progress.

Austrian artist Nychos at work

nychos paints OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

 Atlanta-based artist Greg MikeOuterSpace founder

GREG MIKE Photoby Corey Weimer OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Atlanta-based Yoyo Ferro

YOYO FERRO Photo by Kristin Ferro OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Spanish artist Sabek

SABEK Photo by Elliot Alcalde OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Buenos Aires-based Nase Pop at work

nase pop OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Atlanta-based Dr Dax

DR.DAX Photo by DV Photo OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

All photos courtesy OuterSpace: DV Photography; 3 Corey Weimer; 4 Kristin Ferro & 5 Elliot Alcalde 

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Mikael B. studioj.pg   LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

With roots in the graffiti milieu of southwest Copenhagen, where he painted hundreds of walls under his alias KETS, Mikael B has since developed a signature identity fusing elements of wild style graffiti, fine art and graphic design. Aptly titled Reality ShiftMikael B‘s upcoming exhibit presents an alternate reality bursting with bold colors and boundless energy. Pictured above is the artist at work in his studio as he prepares for his solo exhibit opening Saturday evening from 7-10pm at Gregorio Escalante Gallery. Several more images of the artist’s work follow:

Time Bending

Mikael B. abstract graffiti  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

Breaking Out

Mikael B studio art.  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

Close-up

Mikael B abstract graffiti art.  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

 Skyfall

Mikae B. abstract artpg  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

Located at 978 Chung King R0ad in Los Angeles, Gregorio Escalante Gallery is open Wednesday — Sunday from 1pm — 6pm and by appointment.

Mikael B LA  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

All photos courtesy Gregorio Escalante Gallery 

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T Kid 170 graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Scrupulously researched and splendidly presented,  From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art at ArtsWestchester is the perfect homage to the graffiti culture and the modern street art movement it spurred.  Curated by Marc Leader of 212 ARTS and Melissa McCaig-Welles of Curator 19.90, it presents murals, paintings, photography, sculpture and installations from graffiti writers who first made their mark on our subways to contemporary multi-disciplinary artists. Picture above is by the legendary TKid 170.  Here are several more images I captured while visiting the landmark exhibit.

The wonderfully prolific Wane COD

wane graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Legendary NYC artists Chris Ellis aka Daze and Carlos Mare aka Mare 139

mare daze graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

BG 183, close-up from huge mural by the Mural Kings, Tats Cru

BG183 Tats Cru from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Damon Johnson, close-up

damon johnson from the streets urban art From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Chilean muralist Dasic Fernandez

dasic fernandez from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Multidisciplinary artist Li-Hill,  ”Time Marches On”

li hill installation From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Among the many special events in association with From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art is the upcoming July 14 screening of Saving Banksythe story of one art collector’s attempts to save a Banksy painting from destruction and the auction block.  ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave, a short walk from the White Plains Metro North station. The exhibit ends Sunday, July 15 at ArtsWestchester. It would be great if it could then travel, as it deserves a wide audience.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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quik and revolt graffiti urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

The first New York edition of the Urban Art Fair continues through 3pm tomorrow afternoon at Spring Studios in Tribeca.  The artworks pictured above are collaborative works by NYC graffiti pioneers Revolt and  Lin Felton aka Quik at the Green Flowers Art Gallery booth. What follows are several more images of urban artworks, representative of a range of styles, genres and techniques.

NYC native, Paris-based JonOne with Fabien Castainer

Jonone graffiti art urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

Lower East Side-based LA2 with Dorian Grey Projects

LA 2 Dorian Grey gallery New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

Swoon with Taglialatella Galleries

swoon stencil art urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

French artist Swiz with David Bloch Gallery

swiz urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

NYC-based multi-media artist Alexis Duque with H Gallery

akexis duque sculpture disk New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

Nick Walker with Galerie Brugier-Rigail

nick walker urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

Bronx-based graffiti legend John Matos aka Crash for Spring Studios

crash mural spring studios New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

The Urban Art Fair continues at 50 Varick Street today until 9pm and tomorrow, Monday, from 11am to 3pm. Ticket information is available here.

Photo credits: 1, 3, 7 & 8 Karin du Maire; 2, 4-6 Sara C Mozeson

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meres graffiti nyc New at Brooklyn Reclaimed: Meres, T Kid 170, Rath, Pase, VIP Rap, Sloke and 4Sakn

The walls at and in the vicinity of  Brooklyn Reclaimed brim with first-rate graffiti by artists from near and far. Pictured above is by Brooklyn Reclaimed curator, Meres One.  Several more images that I recently captured follow:

The legendary T-Kid 170

t kid graffiti nyc New at Brooklyn Reclaimed: Meres, T Kid 170, Rath, Pase, VIP Rap, Sloke and 4Sakn

NYC-based Rath

rath graffiti nyc New at Brooklyn Reclaimed: Meres, T Kid 170, Rath, Pase, VIP Rap, Sloke and 4Sakn

Bronx-based Pase

pase bt graffiti nyc New at Brooklyn Reclaimed: Meres, T Kid 170, Rath, Pase, VIP Rap, Sloke and 4Sakn

The itinerant VIP Rap

vip rap graffiti nyc New at Brooklyn Reclaimed: Meres, T Kid 170, Rath, Pase, VIP Rap, Sloke and 4Sakn

Texas-based Sloke

sloke graffiti nyc New at Brooklyn Reclaimed: Meres, T Kid 170, Rath, Pase, VIP Rap, Sloke and 4Sakn

New Jersey-based 4Sakn

4 saken graffiti nyc New at Brooklyn Reclaimed: Meres, T Kid 170, Rath, Pase, VIP Rap, Sloke and 4Sakn

 Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Lee quinones mural art coney art walls NYC New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

Curated by Joseph Sitt and Jeffrey Deitch, Coney Art Walls has officially launched its 2017 season with the addition of ten new murals:  Featured above is the work of the legendary Lee Quinones. What follows are several more:

Noted comic artist, muralist and tattooist Mark Bodé, captured while gated

mark bode mural art coney art walls NYC New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

NYC-based stencil artist Chris Stain

chris stain street art mural coney art walls nyc New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

Queens-native Skewville, close-up

skewville street art mural coney art walls nyc New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

Egyptian artist Mohamed Fahmy aka Ganzeer

Ganzeer New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz, work in progress

alexis diaz street art mural coney art walls nyc New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

UK native multidisciplinary artist  Shantell Martin

 Shantell Martin mural art coney art walls NYC. New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

Miami-based Jim Drain

Jim Drain street art mural coney art walls nyc New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

 Bronx-based John Matos aka Crash and BR 163

Crash BR163 TatsCru street art mural coney art walls nyc New at <em>Coney Art Walls</em> for Summer 2017: Lee Quinones, Mark Bodé, Chris Stain, Skewville, Ganzeer, Alexis Diaz, Shantell Martin, Jim Drain, Crash with BR 163 and more

Bordered by Bowery Street, West 15th Street and Stillwell Avenue near the Coney Island boardwalk and beach, Coney Art Walls is open daily 12pm – 10pm through September. Throughout the summer, Coney Art Walls – launched by Thor Equities – will host dozens of appearances and live entertainment.

Photo credits: 1-6 & 8 Lois Stavsky; 7 Roy Rochlin & 8 courtesy of Thor Equities

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marcelo ment close up JMZ Speaking with Rio de Janeiro Based Artist Marcelo Ment

Brazilian artist Marcelo Ment recently brought his infectious, spirited aesthetic back to NYC, where he painted in Bushwick for JMZ Walls, on the Lower East Side for the New Allen and at First Street Green Park for International Hip Hop Day. While he was here, I had the opportunity to interview him.

When and where did you first get up?

It was in 1992 in Rio. I was 15 at the time.

What inspired you back then?

I always loved graffiti. My friends used to bring back graffiti magazines from the States, and I loved what I saw. I wanted to do it too. And from the time I was a young child, my older sister had always encouraged me to draw.

How did it feel at the time – the first time you got up?

It was great! I was so excited, I had butterflies in my stomach. It was love at first touch.

marcelo ment street art jmz Speaking with Rio de Janeiro Based Artist Marcelo Ment

How did your family feel about what you were doing back then?

My mom didn’t understand it.  She said, “You have talent. So why are you doing this?” But now my entire family is proud of me.  They respect that I can make a living from what I love doing.

Yes, that’s the best! What is the principal source of your income?

Commissions, graphic design and canvasses.

What was the riskiest thing you’ve done?

Painting in high places that were not safe.

So then why did you?

I told myself that I have to.

marcelo ment street art jmz walls bushwick nyc Speaking with Rio de Janeiro Based Artist Marcelo Ment

What about these days? Do you prefer to work in legal spots or in unsanctioned ones?

These days I tend to do more legal work. I’m 40. I’m not a kid anymore, and I have serious responsibilities. But I respect illegal art and I miss the adrenalin rush.

Have you any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

I don’t feel it in Rio. There’s a sense of mutual respect.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your style?

My initial and principal influence was classic NYC graffiti. I love letters.

Do you have a formal art education?

No! I’m self-taught.

marcelo ment paints east village nyc Speaking with Rio de Janeiro Based Artist Marcelo Ment

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

Almost 100%.

Have you any other interests? Passions?

Music is very important to me. I especially love reggae – all kinds of it.

Have you shown your work in galleries?

Yes, I’ve exhibited in Rio and in Amsterdam.

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I love collaborating with friends.

marcelo ment bushwick street art nyc Speaking with Rio de Janeiro Based Artist Marcelo Ment

Are there any artists you would particularly like to collaborate with? Artists who have inspired you?

Among them are: Marko 93 from Paris, Germany’s Can2 and the Brazilian artist, Tarm.

What is your ideal working environment?

Anywhere I have access to paint!

Do you work with a sketch in hand or do you let it flow?

It varies. I prefer to freestyle.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished work?

I don’t think I am.  We are all so far from our best.

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How has your work evolved through the years?

It’s evolved from painting letters to painting women. Painting women has been particularly challenging. And as I continue to grow as an artist, I tend to fuse my various styles and skills.

How do you feel about the role of social media in all of this?

It’s good and bad. Some are too eager to share what’s not worth sharing.

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

To share knowledge and awareness.

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Photos: Lois Stavsky; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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gats art at spoke The Legendary West Coast Artist GATS in Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC Through June 25 and on the Streets of Little Italy

A huge fan of the Oakland-based street artist GATS since I first saw his iconic mask imagery across the globe several years ago, I was delighted to view his artwork here in NYC — both in the brilliantly conceived and curated exhibit Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC and on the streets of Little Italy. Pictured above is a segment of a huge mural featured in Against the Grain. Here are several more images — all fashioned on found objects — from the exhibit:

Death by Pebble, Acrylic on 1960′s skateboards, 4 of 8

gats skateboards The Legendary West Coast Artist GATS in Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC Through June 25 and on the Streets of Little Italy

Traveler, Acrylic on found wooden case (top); Trackside, acrylic on spraycan (bottom)

gats traveler1 The Legendary West Coast Artist GATS in Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC Through June 25 and on the Streets of Little Italy

Stripes, Acrylic on found shipwreck

gats stripes The Legendary West Coast Artist GATS in Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC Through June 25 and on the Streets of Little Italy

Eliminator, Enamel on vintage sprayer

gats reclaimed fire extinguisher The Legendary West Coast Artist GATS in Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC Through June 25 and on the Streets of Little Italy

 And on the streets of Little Italy — with the L.I.S.A Project

gats little italy The Legendary West Coast Artist GATS in Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC Through June 25 and on the Streets of Little Italy

 Close-up

gats little italy close up The Legendary West Coast Artist GATS in Against the Grain at SPOKE ART NYC Through June 25 and on the Streets of Little Italy

Against the Grain continues at SPOKE ART NYC through June 25th. The gallery is located at 210 Rivington Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Photo credits: 1, 3-7 Lois Stavsky; 2 Karin du Maire

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bg183 <em>The CAMO Show</em> at More Points Bx: Tats Cru, Sienide, Rhonda Rae, Al Diaz, Steven Cogle, Yes One, Eric Orr, Serve and more

Opening tonight at More Points Bx in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx is Fight 4 Your Write: The CAMO Show, an exhibit of intriguing art in a range of media and styles suggestive of the notion of camouflage. While previewing the exhibit yesterday, I spoke briefly to More Points Bx directors and curators, Sienide and Eric Orr.

What inspired you to curate this exhibit?

We wanted to bring our friends together, while sharing different styles and techniques of art — all beautiful and unconventional and on a common theme.

sien and rae <em>The CAMO Show</em> at More Points Bx: Tats Cru, Sienide, Rhonda Rae, Al Diaz, Steven Cogle, Yes One, Eric Orr, Serve and more

What are some of the techniques represented here?

There are so many. Among them are: stencil art, aerosol art, mixed media, painting, printing, sketching, drawing with markers…More Points Bx even has its first oil painting featured here.

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Can you tell us a bit about the exhibit’s theme? 

It’s our theme — the concept of camouflage. As graffiti writers, there is much we hide. And much of what we write is only for us to decipher.

bio steve cogle niceer tats cru <em>The CAMO Show</em> at More Points Bx: Tats Cru, Sienide, Rhonda Rae, Al Diaz, Steven Cogle, Yes One, Eric Orr, Serve and more

How did you decide which artists to feature?

We got the word out among our friends, and we reached out to others on social media.

yes 1 <em>The CAMO Show</em> at More Points Bx: Tats Cru, Sienide, Rhonda Rae, Al Diaz, Steven Cogle, Yes One, Eric Orr, Serve and more

There’s quite a range of artists here — from several younger emerging ones to many established legends. How many artists are featured in the exhibit?

There are 36. Dozens of people reached out to us.

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After the exhibit officially opens, how much longer will it remain on view?

It will stay up for a bit over a month — 36 days to be exact!

servefba art more points. <em>The CAMO Show</em> at More Points Bx: Tats Cru, Sienide, Rhonda Rae, Al Diaz, Steven Cogle, Yes One, Eric Orr, Serve and more

How can folks arrange to see it if they miss the opening or if they wish to view it a second time? There’s so much to see!

One of us is here at 527 Faile Street just about all afternoons and evenings. We can also be reached by email at mrmorepoints@gmail.com.

CAMO <em>The CAMO Show</em> at More Points Bx: Tats Cru, Sienide, Rhonda Rae, Al Diaz, Steven Cogle, Yes One, Eric Orr, Serve and more

What can folks who attend the exhibit’s opening expect — besides the great art and great company?

Music for the evening will be powered by DJ JAZZY JAY with special guests, and drinks will be provided by Port Morris Distillery. Come out and help us kick off the new season!

Images

1  BG 183, Tats Cru

2  Sienide, Rhonda Rae and Al Diaz

3  Al Diaz

4  Bio Tats Cru, Steve Cogle and Nicer Tats Cru

5  Yes One

6  Eric Orr

7  Serve

Photos and interview by Lois Stavsky

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