"Noted graffiti artist Hieronymus will paint the school bus that serves as S2dio Supplies’ mobile art supply store prior to and during Sunset Flicks this Sunday, November 2. This live, urban art exhibition will take place in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts parking lot beginning at 11 a.m. and will continue until sunset. The public is invited. There is no charge.
Graffiti art, also referred to as “street” or “urban” art, has emerged in recent years as a recognized art form and has shed much of the stigma attached to its genesis in guerilla art practiced in unauthorized venues such as railroad crossings and abandoned buildings. Introduced to American street culture in the 1970s, it now ranges from rebellious “tags” to large-scale corporate commissions.
Sunset Flicks is a free cinema event in Winston-Square Park, directly across the street from the Milton Rhodes Center parking lot on Spruce Street downtown. Sponsored by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, a/perture theatre, and Coffee Park, this Sunday it features the movie, Goonies, at 7:00 p.m. preceded by live music, food, and entertainment for kids provided by S2dio Art Supplies beginning at 6:00 p.m.
This public art event preceding Sunset Flicks is a collaborative effort of the Winston-Salem creative community, including The Arts Council of Winston-Salem, Hieronymus, S2dio Supplies and Mixxer, which encourages collaboration and experimentation across disciplines. Mixxer is comprised of artists, makers, developers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs working to collect the tools and resources their members need and find a shared workspace to call home. Mixxer will prep the bus as a “canvas” for Hieronymus.
Alan Shelton, a principal in Mixxer, said the painting of the S2dio bus is a prime example of the kind of collaboration his group is promoting and demonstrates how a maker/artist’s creative vision is advanced when they can find a resource to loan specialty equipment and expertise for the short time needed during some creative efforts.
Hieronymus has been painting street murals, graffiti and architectural commissions since the age of fifteen. Former SECCA curator, Steven Matijcio, described Hieronymus’ style as having “uniquely fluid line-work…with an organic style fusing Native American iconography, futuristic fantasy and lyrical urban expression.” There are a total of 10 Hieronymus murals in downtown Winston-Salem, including two works commissioned by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for the Hanesbrands Theater. The most recent was completed this October on the back of Mission Pizza at Trade and 7th Streets.
S2dio is a vendor of arts supplies to area art programs, art students and art explorers at colleges, universities, schools, centers, and artist collectives. While Hieronymus works, S2dio founder Bibi Coyne will showcase supplies created by urban artists specifically for graffiti projects and will explain how these spray paints and their accessories differ from general-purpose sprays.
Winston-Salem’s robust arts community accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, work and play. The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development. This year, The Arts Council made a total of 73 grants totaling $1,875,000 for 2015. Organizational Support Grants, $1,615,000; Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grants, $100,000; Duke Energy Regional Artist Grants, $30,000; Innovative Project Grants, $30,000."
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