Back to Grandscale Mural Project in East Harlem: D. Gale, Toofly, Lovenotes, Phes, Sandy Perez, Lady K Fever and Image

January 13, 2022

The Grandscale Mural Project, one of my favorite public art projects in town, brings vitality, color and intrigue to East Harlem. Since this past summer, I’ve revisited its current reiteration several times, always delighted by its diversity and charm.

The mural captured above — a portrait of public art administrator and producer Ayana Ayo — was painted by muralist and teaching artist Kristy McCarthy aka D. Gale. A few more images — almost certain to refuel your spirits in these uncertain times — follow:

Multidisciplinary Ecuadorian artist and educator Toofly

NYC-based visual artist and arts educator Lola Lovenotes

Multidisciplinary Brazilian-American artist Phes

    Mexico-born artist Sandy Perez

Bronx-based artist and arts educator Lady K Fever

Bronx-bred style master Image

Photos: Lois Stavsky

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lorne Julien January 14, 2022 at 3:36 pm

Hi ; I’m a Mikmaq First Nations artist / muralist looking to share my work in NY ,
Thank you 😊


Elton Tucker January 19, 2022 at 6:47 pm

Beautiful work , who would I contact to paint a mural in NYC
Thank you


FiestaBear January 20, 2022 at 8:18 pm

Looks like a lot of “woman gazing” glorifying art. None of these really captures East Harlem as a community. They are self portraits of African/Black women and one Hispanic? Born and raised in East Harlem and none of these are equity or diverse.


lois January 23, 2022 at 2:29 am

If you can, check it out yourself. The murals cover several blocks; there’s so much diversity and many of the works do reflect East Harlem. Also — there is an ongoing open call for artists, particularly local ones.


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