Color Me Long Beach
Art is everywhere this week as Long Beach building walls become the canvas for a week-long live art exhibition called Pow! Wow! Long Beach. There’s much to celebrate anytime you can “legally” spray paint a building’s walls. But celebration is mixed with concern as one of the Pow! Wow! Long Beach organizers learns about painting on walls in someone else’s town.
Jasper Wong is Pow! Wow! Hawaii’s founder and he explains in this report:
The week began on Sunday and continues through Saturday, June 27. Here’s the rest of the week including Tuesday, June 23: Pow! Wow! Pop-Up Shop at the Psychic Temple (Open through 6/27).
Thu 6/25: “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” Screening and Talk at the Art Theatre (Ticketed)
Fri 6/26: Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape After Dark Event @ LBMA (Ticketed)
Sat 6/27: Ruck Out Long Beach at the Varden
Sat 6/27: 720 Pine Concert – Pine Avenue (between 6th and 7th)
Here’s a list of the walls slated for Art:
1. Ocean Chateau- 44 Alboni Place
2. Belin Coffee House/Fingerprints- 420 E. 4th St.
3. Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association- 4321 Atlantic Ave.
4. City Hall East- 301-355 E. 1st St.
5. Convention Center (Seaside Meeting Rooms Entrance)- 280 E. Seaside Way
6. Convention Center- between the Hyatt Regency and Long Beach Convention Center
7. J.W. Goodson’s Salon- 2205 E. Broadway
8. Park [d] Plaza- 411-421 4th St.
9. The Varden- 335 Pacific Avenue (2 walls)
10. Lyons Art Supply fence (Art Installation)- 441 E. 4th St.
One of the Long Beach-based artist in the week’s show is Jeff McMillan. Jeff was born in San Jose, California in 1977. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2004 with a BFA in Illustration. Since then he has been working as a freelance illustrator and a fine artist. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, as well as internationally. He has had the honor and pleasure of working with some notable clients such as Nike, Mircosoft, Disney, Mountain Dew, Justin Timberlake, Mike Tyson, Linkin Park, and Hal Riney/ Camp+King. He also has been a part of RVCA’s Artist Network Program since 2007, designing shirt graphics and other special projects. His upcoming solo show at the RCVA store in San Francisco will be held in November 2014. You can follow him on Twitter: jeffmcmillanart and Instagram: jeffmcmillanart.
Browse the website www.powwowlongbeach.com to check out the many photos, videos and artist profiles. For the latest, stay tuned via Instagram and Twitter – @powwowlongbeach.