Graffiti, street art featured at Windsor Art Center

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Jul. 17, 2013
Lon Pelton’s cube van is a canvas for graffiti artists Ben Oliver, Lindaluz Carrillo, Justin Farr, Mike Cerullo, Armondo Rivera and Barbara Steele. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Lon Pelton’s cube van is a canvas for graffiti artists Ben Oliver, Lindaluz Carrillo, Justin Farr, Mike Cerullo, Armondo Rivera and Barbara Steele. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Windsor Art Center is now hosting a unique collection of graffiti and street art in its “The Streets Is Talkin’” exhibit, on display through Aug. 24. The artists were honored at an opening reception on Saturday, July 13, held by the art center’s board members. The featured artists include Lindaluz Carrillo, Mike Cerullo, Justin Farr, Rachael Hockenberry, Ben Oliver, Armando Rivera, Barbara Steele and Smile.

“When people generally think of graffiti art, they think about spray paintings on the side of buildings or bridges. What these artists are trying to do is bring some of that talent inside and put it on a canvas so that people are able to enjoy looking at it whenever they want to,” said board member, Holly Pelton. “Some of what you see in the environment is absolutely beautiful, and it should be admired in a way that makes sense.”

In addition to putting their artwork on canvas, some artists display their work in the exhibit on light posts, deck railings, and even on a truck.

One type of artwork that visitors may be encountering for the first time is called “yarnbombing.” This entails knitting different pieces of artwork and attaching them to many different types of surfaces. Barbara Steele placed one of her knitted artworks on the center of the wheel of a truck that had been decorated by several of the artists. Board member, Lon Pelton, donated his cube van for the artists to show off their graffiti artwork for the exhibit. This is the first piece of art that is visible upon arriving to the center.

Among the guests at the reception was Tim White. “I am a friend of Lon Pelton. When I saw his cube van all done up, we got talking about the upcoming exhibit. I knew I had to come. I’m definitely not disappointed. This graffiti is truly an art form,” said White. “I really like everything that I’ve seen.”

Pat Clark was a guest as well. “Barbara Steele is a friend of mine. I know she is a very talented artist, so I just couldn’t wait to see her work. She wrapped the lamp post just outside the building with her artwork and she has some of her work scattered around the premises,” Clark said. “All of the artwork here is just incredible, and I’m in awe.”

Board member Judith Strother wants visitors to be sure to see all of the exhibits. “There are three smaller areas with artwork as well as the main floor,” Strother said. “You want to be able to see all there is and take it all in.”

There is no charge for the exhibition. The Windsor Art Center is open Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 860-688-2528 or visit www.windsorartcenter.org.


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