RVA Street Art Festival

Monday, September 16, 2013

On Sunday, Kelsey and I grabbed lunch at the new Mellow Mushroom in Carytown. I was a little skeptical of the Red Skin Potato Pie (potatoes on pizza?) but Kelsey managed to convince me and I'm glad she did. Bacon + roasted potatoes +  spicy ranch dressing in pizza form is so much better than you can imagine! With our bellies full, we swung by the RVA Street Art Festival to see what all the fuss was about. I had been editing some articles earlier in the week about the festival, but hadn't actually seen it.

Dozens of artists had transformed the old brick walls of a former bus depot into a wacky-looking quilt of paint. A few of the street artists were still working on their masterpieces and it was interesting to watch. One artist was using a lift to reach the top of the wall and then pouring paint down the wall in bright streaks. Bystanders could sign a waiver and take turns riding the lift to the top of the wall and pouring paint themselves.

We browsed through the rows of vendor booths, but probably the best part of the festival was a mixed media exhibit inside the old bus depot featuring portraits and stories from generations of GRTC bus drivers and how they've viewed Richmond through the decades from the driver's seat.. You could read the drivers' stories or listen to them tell it in their own voice from a speaker on the wall. I love raw portraits like that and it was even cooler being able to hear their voices.

Well done, Richmond, well done.

Last two images above are from RVA News.

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