Mural project invites Richmond residents to get artsy


The San Francisco-based Create Peace Project will soon begin work on an amazing mural on Macdonald Avenue, and has invited the local community to take part.

Backed by a small grant from the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, the group is hosting a collaborative effort to replace an old mural at the community garden near Harbor Way on the side of a Kaiser structure.

The new creation will be painted on 25 pieces of 4-by-8 plywood and mounted at the existing site, though the actual painting will take place in front of Richmond City Hall at 440 Civic Center Plaza. The project kicks off there on Monday, July 18 and runs through Saturday, July 23, with painting daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ross Holzman, executive director for the Create Peace Project, says the mural-making will involve a three-step process that begins with colorful abstract shapes, infuses patterns meant to represent the various diverse cultures of Richmond’s community, and is capped by creatively outlined silhouettes of the various volunteers involved in the project.

“It’s going to be very interesting,” Holzman said. “And I really encourage anyone and everyone possible to come by and take part.”

Volunteers are encouraged to drop by any time, though Holzman requests that groups of 10 or more contact him in advance at (415) 385-4065. More information can be found at the Create Peace Project website.



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