Jeff Slim, Averian Chee, and Randy Kemp Mural Unveiled at Stepping Stone Place in Phoenix

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John Carbis
Mural at Stepping Stone Place by Averian Chee, Randy Kemp and Jeff Slim.

Contemporary murals are having quite the year in Phoenix.

On Friday, March 28, a who's who of Phoenix, including big wigs from Bank of America, Valley of the Sun United Way, Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego joined Native American Connections to open the Stepping Stone Place, a permanent, supportive housing project for the formerly homeless -- including those with HIV/AIDS or a permanent disability. Near the end of the lengthy lineup of community speakers, native artists Jeff Slim, Averian Chee, and Randy Kemp were lauded for their collaborative community mural, which was unveiled in the lobby of the building.

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See Yatika Starr Fields' Sonoran Waltz Mural on 16th Street in Phoenix

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Tanya Nguyen
The "Sonoran Waltz" mural is on the south wall of Arizona Carpet Care on 16th Street.

Yatika Starr Fields, an artist currently in transition from New York City to Los Angeles, made a stop in Phoenix for the early March mural event Paint PHX to create Sonoran Waltz a new mural on 16th Street.

Fields, a friend of local artists Thomas "Breeze" Marcus and Douglas Miles, was visiting his home state of Oklahoma and found that the timing was right for a drive to Paint PHX to paint his first mural in Arizona.

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SERK and Friends Add Dr. Seuss-Inspired Mural to Phoenix's Grand Avenue

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Tanya Nguyen
The new Dr. Seuss Mural is at the Bragg's Pie Factory parking lot on Grand Avenue and McKinley Street.

It might be difficult to imagine a favorite Dr. Seuss book covered in graffiti or a Lorax tagging the pages and adding street art to the sweet, quirky illustrations. But that image is exactly what you'll find in one of Grand Avenue's newest murals.

The parking lot wall of Bragg's Pie Factory needed a revamp. So artist Adrian Dominic (also known as SERK) collaborated with friends during Paint PHX, a mural-painting event reaching Roosevelt Row, 16th Street, and Grand Avenue, to paint over his existing mural and create a Dr. Seuss-themed piece to celebrate both the author's birthday and National Reading Month.

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Paint PHX Mural Event to Hit Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and Calle 16

Categories: Events, Mural City

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Janessa Hilliard
Paint PHX, a citywide mural event, takes place this weekend. This wall, at Dulcería Pico Rico near 16th and Oak Streets, will be repainted by artist La Muñeca and crew.

From the Mini Stack to law offices to two-story suburbs miles outside metropolitan Maricopa County, the Valley is known for a sprawling façade of muted beige and brown, camouflaged in the desert. This weekend, a group of area artists plan to change that.

Dozens of creatives are banding together for a four-day paint-a-thon, each using their own materials to design large-scale murals on a number of Valley businesses. The event, Paint PHX, is the brainchild of Thomas "Breeze" Marcus, a Phoenix-based artist who fell in love with graffiti in the late 1990s.

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The Mark Apartments in Tempe to Unveil Aztec Smurf Mural Thursday

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Facebook / Aztec Smurf
What do you call a Gila monster that's 50 feet tall and 55 feet wide? A distant cousin of Godzilla or the new largest mural in the city of Tempe?

Hint: If Godzilla were terrorizing Phoenix, you probably would have noticed by now.

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Kristin Bauer and Emmett Potter's New Mural Is at Phoenix's Medlock Plaza

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Courtesy of the artists
Mural by Kristin Bauer and Emmett Potter
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may have missed the new mural that went up earlier this month on the west-facing wall of Halo Piercing on Central and Camelback. The 43-foot-long work is the result of a collaboration between local artists Kristin Bauer and Emmett Potter.


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Calle 16 Gives Back with Community Toy Drive in Phoenix This Sunday

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Courtesy Silvana Salcido Esparza
The Calle 16 community hosts a toy drive this Sunday.

'Tis the season for giving and charity, and this Sunday, December 8, the community in the Calle 16 district is doing its part.


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Keep Phoenix Beautiful: Help Hang A 1,280-Foot Mural at PHX Renews Site June 8

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Courtesy of Kira Olsen Photography
Those who follow artist Hugo Medina on Facebook probably remember when he invited artists to paint 80 wooden panels for a huge project he kicked off at the Phoenix Festival of the Arts. During the three-day event last December he asked local creatives to paint 80 panels and placed blank panels in-between, inviting anyone -- artist or not -- to create something. There were only two rules: it had to be positive and it had to be inspired by downtown Phoenix.

See also:
Creative No. 70: Hugo Medina
Phoenix Artists Jay Atherton and Ann Morton Give Hance Park a Creative Facelift

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Spotted: El Mac on Adobe's Lehi, Utah Campus (VIDEO)

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vimeo.com screenshot of El Mac's mural in Utah
International creatives at Rapt Studio teamed up with Adobe and commissioned El Mac (who, full disclosure, we'll always consider a local artist -- no matter where he moves) to paint a large scale in Adobe's main atrium in its Lehi, Utah campus.

Adobe describes the mural, which features a young girl drawing, as a representation of "the ideal that Adobe's employees and those who use Adobe's products approach creativity with the same childlike innocence."

See also:

- Paisley Owners Set Up New Spot on Grand Avenue ... and Paint Over a Mural by El Mac
- 10 Favorite Street Art Sightings in Phoenix
- David Quan on the Chocolate Factory

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Amanda Adkins' Mural at the Black Theatre Troupe Center for the Performing Arts

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It's about time Phoenix sees some serious mural love. In the interest of giving credit to their artists and because we're losing track of the times we've said, "Whoa, when did that go up?", we bring you Mural City, a series on the murals springing up around town -- their artists, their hosts and their inspirations.

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Mural by Amanda Atkins, collage by Lauren Saria
The mural at the Black Theatre Troupe Center for the Performing Arts
Artist: Amanda Adkins

Location: Black Theater Troupe Center for Performing Arts

Thanks to some friendly bartering with the Black Theatre Troupe Center for the Performing Arts' next-door neighbors, Washington Street just got a little bit brighter. A wall facing the building's parking lot and main entrance, which technically belongs to the building next door, now features a mural from local artist, Amanda Adkins.

See also:
- Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week in Metro Phoenix
- Black Theatre Troupe Moves to New Building on Washington Row

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