Last June Aaron and I decided that the 8'x8' space on the front of our building (which houses both Sky High Skateboard Shop & Sky High Gallery) should be used to promote local artists and we launched the Temporary Mural Project. The featured artists, currently all from the Milwaukee area, are invited to paint the mural in their studio. The mural is then installed on our building for a 3 month duration. These temporary murals brighten the community, promote growth and creativity in our neighborhood all while giving the artist street side exposure. We also print postcards of each mural that are available for free while supplies last in the shop (currently we still have copies of all 3 cards left, available in the gallery).
This past week we got to see the work in progress of the 4th edition to our project, a collaboration between Makeal Flammini & Ella Dwyer. Their work centered around words from a Mexican poem "if you do not heal today, you will heal tomorrow" will be installed for our next gallery opening with Monica Canilao on May 6th.
In case you aren't in our area here are some images from the past 3 Temporary Mural Project installations:
Alyssa Schulte, detail- Edition #1
Kimberly Weiss- Edition #2
De-install/Install between Kimberly Weiss & Colin Matthes
Colin Matthes- Edition #3
My long term goal is to have a large off-site exhibit with all 8 murals from the first 2 years. Links to the mural artists & details are on the Sky High Gallery website. We hope to see you Friday May 6th between 6-10pm for the opening reception of Oakland based artist Monica Canilao's "What's Lost Is Safe".