Graffiti demo wraps up Windsor Art Center exhibit

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
Mikey Lambert arrives prepared for the graffiti demonstration. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Mikey Lambert arrives prepared for the graffiti demonstration. Photos by Lisa Stone.

A live graffiti demonstration was the highlight of the Windsor Art Center’s Aug. 24 closing reception for its street art exhibit, The Streets Is Talkin’.

“We really wanted people to see that graffiti can be beautiful and enjoyed inside as well as outside,” said Anita Gangi Balkun, the curator for this exhibition. “The artists worked hard for this exhibit. They are trying to expose more and more people to this type of artwork. Today, the public can not only watch a demonstration by the artists themselves, but they are also welcome to participate. They will be allowed to grab a spray can and show their inner artist.”

Nina just turned 10. Her grandmother gave her a message in a bottle that said she could pick between a few ideas that she had for celebrating her birthday. One idea was to be a part of the graffiti demonstration at the closing reception. Nina said, “I knew right away that this would be what I want to do to celebrate my 10th birthday.  Gramma picked me up today and here we are. I can’t wait to do my own artwork next to the artists’ work.”

Damian Stewart read about the upcoming event in ReminderNews and told his wife, Ashley, about it. “I knew right away that she would love to be here. She is teaching me about art and this seemed like a perfect way to make her happy and have fun together,” said Stewart.

“We grabbed our lawn chairs and headed here from Manchester,” said Ashley. “I really love graffiti and I knew this would be a blast.”

The artists who participated in the graffiti exhibit include Ben McCarthy, Lindaluz Carrillo, Barbara Steele, Armando Rivera, Smile, Justin Farr, Mike Cerullo and Mikey Lambert.  “Mikey is our youngest artist. He is in his early 20s,” said Balkun. “All of our artists are gifted and inspiring. I am sure everyone enjoyed the exhibit. We had quite a great turn-out.”

Spectator Andres Chaparro is a local artist. His subject matter is music, but he appreciates all forms of art. “I had to make sure not to miss this exhibit,” said Chaparro.  “I am a big fan of Lindaluz Carrillo. I wanted to be sure to be here to see the exhibit, as well as the demonstration. I am truly not disappointed. It is a fantastic event.”

For more information on the Windsor Art Center, visit www.windsorartcenter.org or call 860-688-2528.


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