Friday, June 6, 2008

Guerilla Art Outfit Makes Urban Jungle Safe for Jabberwocks and Barbaric Yawps

Guerilla Art Outfit Makes Urban Jungle Safe for Jabberwocks and Barbaric Yawps by Dudley Bowman

RICHMOND, VA – Recently, one gray Saturday morning, while walking a nondescript central Virginia street, local woman, Stacey Tracey Nevin, 27, unexpectedly encountered images of thoughtful color and design that noticeably contradicted the otherwise dreary landscape. Perplexed, Ms. Nevin stopped in her tracks and surveyed the creation; it was nothing if not incongruous with its surroundings and, upon reflection, Ms. Nevin recognized it as art - seemingly indiscriminately positioned unobtrusively in a public place. Breaking her stride for anything was a rarity; nonetheless, Ms. Nevin's pack of fresh Newport's at the corner store would have to wait. This was something. She studied the piece: a bright amalgamation of color, shapes, and words randomly displayed in the community. No, it was not graffiti, it was not vandalism, it was a delicate addition, without physical impact, causing pause for reflection. Unable to manage her visceral response, Ms. Nevin surveyed the piece and immediately recalled the still unfinished watercolor of her parents' garden from nearly a decade ago. With a smile, Ms. Nevin turned, retracing her steps homeward. Thoughts of a shower, different clothes, new paints, and canvases were paramount in her consciousness. She knew it was time. Such is the impact of the Real Small Art League (RSAL). Its careful contribution of art in Richmonders daily lives have changed futures and rectified pasts. Every time the RSAL exhibits its art, it alters someone's day, affecting their lives, adding enjoyment, provoking thought, and influencing the world. It's not new and it's not unproven; just ask Jan Vermeer, Frida Kahlo, Roy Lichtenstein, Dan Rather, or Ms. Stacey Tracey Nevin.


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