After trying to bring in other projects, including “Wall in the Mill” at HD Flour Mill, the Salina Canvas Project has launched Boom! wants to continue bringing artworks to downtown Salina with! The Street Art and Mural Festival is coming to town in October.
The festival brings artists to Salina from October 6 to paint murals on five walls in downtown Salina to celebrate and enhance the city’s visual landscape.
Eric Montoy, co-founder of the Canvas Project, said that the idea behind both the project and the festival was to bring people from everywhere to downtown Salina.
“It’s privately funded by generous donors, and the owners[of the walls]have this shared awareness that they want to foster a creative culture in downtown Salina,” Montoy said. Said. “(We) really want to support tourism and bring foot traffic into that city centre.”
Montoy said the festival is about bringing together world-class artists. This year featured artists will travel to Salina from both the East and West Coasts and Europe with a variety of styles and themes represented.
“The goal is to bring vitality to the city center and to take large-scale murals,” Montoy said.
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Who are the artists coming to Salina?
In total, there are five artists or artist duos who come to paint the walls located in the city centre. Locations include around Campbell Plaza, behind Prickly Pear, in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Santa Fe Avenue and Ash Street, an elevator shaft near UMB Bank, and a currently owned wall in the American Legion building on Seventh Avenue. Ashby House.
The five artists include:
- Tony Sjoman of New York, with roots in Scandinavia and his inspiration.
- TelmoMiel from the Netherlands consists of Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann. They use different styles to create separate sketches that combine into a singular, unique piece.
- Mona Caron, who was born in Switzerland and now lives in San Francisco, is best known for her multiplexed murals illustrating the resistance of weeds.
- Known as the mantra, Youri Cansell uses naturalism to her advantage when painting murals, often depicting moths and butterflies.
- Logan Hicks and Joe Iurato, who both work in stencil art, also work with Iurato in other disciplines, including aeorsol.
In addition to these five artists, Montoy said Martha Cooper, a renowned documentary photographer, will be in Salina during the month.
“Many artists in graffiti and murals attribute the whole scene to him,” Montoy said. “He was a photographer in New York City, where hip-hop and graffiti were on the rise in the ’70s and ’80s, and he documented everything.”
Montoy said he thanked Cooper for laying the foundation for much of what is known about the artists’ graffiti scene.
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In addition to Cooper working in Salina to document the festival, the Salina Arts Center will feature an exhibition of Cooper’s work, and Art Cinema will screen a documentary he created.
“I think it’s a huge addition and a big draw for other muralists who know it and want to check out (the festival),” Montoy said. Said.
More Booms! in the coming years
Montoy said when this was the first Boom! The Festival does not expect the Canvas Project to be the last. In the coming years, the organization hopes to bring in more street artists, not just muralists, to work in downtown Salina.
“There are so many different expressions of this (street art) genre,” Montoy said. “Whether it’s painting gas meters to look like flamingos or something else… It doesn’t always have to be 2D.”
As mentioned earlier, the artists will arrive on October 6 and will paint during the month that will end on October 16. Montoy said Project Canvas hopes to hold some sort of final event for the public around October 15 or 16. , but he hopes that people walking or driving downtown during the month will stop and take a peek as these artworks take shape.