Amarillo Hoodoo Mural Festival unveils new public art
After a one-year hiatus for COVID-19, the Hoodoo Mural Festival has returned for its second year promoting public art in downtown Amarillo.
The festival that takes place on Saturday presents five artist murals made exclusively for this event on various sectors and buildings in the city center.
Artists attending the event include featured, native Clovis artist Drew Merritt; Natalie Fletcher, a native of Amarillo, who won first place in the first season of Body Wars; DAAS from Austin, Ivan Roque from Miami and local favorites Blank Spaces Murals.
This year’s event added musical guests with headlining Austin’s band, Nané. Kaelin Ellis, Corbin Cary, Rupert the Duke, Vamping and a silent nightclub with local dee-jays also performed. Live painting and art demonstrations are also offered.
Among the local artists who provided a mural for the event was the group Blank Spaces. Blank Spaces is an art program for students, which provides professional experience in painting murals throughout Amarillo. The aim of the program is to give students a real opportunity to learn how to organize art exhibitions and set up wall exhibitions.
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Shawn Kennedy, Executive Director of Blank Spaces, spoke about the importance of the possibility of making art for the downtown festival for the town of Amarillo and its students within the organization.
The group produced 27 murals in the Amarillo region.
Kennedy described Saturday’s mural as the epitome of Amarillo, with golden art deco backgrounds found in the Barfield that match much of the downtown architecture.
“Public art is art for everyone. People who wouldn’t normally visit a museum or gallery can come and walk the streets and get involved in the exhibits as they pass, ”Kennedy said. “Community beautification pays dividends for the local economy. I’m just delighted that Amarillo’s artistic community is growing. “
Shanda O’Neill, Project Manager for Blank Spaces, spoke about the new band art for the festival.
“We really wanted to tap into the history of the cattle and cattle of the Panhandles, so we chose to add depictions of bison to the mural,” said O’Neill. “We have worked very hard on this project.”
Amarillo founder and native Andrew Hall said he hopes the Hoodoo Mural Festival will bring more interest to Amarillo’s art scene and add cultural elements he has seen elsewhere in his travels.