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Cobblestone Commons murals
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad / Niagara Frontier Transit Authority
29 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY


2020-2021 murals        Photo taken September 4, 2021



2020 Murals            Photo taken September 4, 2021
Left to right muralists:  SALUT
      James “Yames” Moffitt          Lauren McKenzie           Jason Brammer          Obsidian Bellis        
Ellen Rutt




2021 Murals             Photo taken September 4, 2021
Left to right muralists:   Monet Alyssa Kifner        
Miriam Singer         Karle Norman          Morgan Blair           Cyrielle Tremblay        Thomas Evans, a.k.a. Detour         












SALUT


Photo source: M-XCLOUD

"SALUT
is the visual-arts moniker of the Rochester-based artist Bradd Young. Young studied graphic design and studio art in Virginia where he began doing pop-up exhibitions that would eventually lead him to open a studio in Western New York post-graduation. It was then that Young began to develop a color pallet of soft pastels and a style merging his loves of cartoonish surrealism and fine art.

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Young has displayed work in Virginia and at several venues in both Western New York and New York City. In 2018, he was the only local muralist featured in the eleventh annual WALL\THERAPY project in Rochester. In February 2019, Young was celebrated as one of the exciting talented artists at the Memorial Art Gallery’s MAG social.

"Young is a featured artist of the Rochester-based gallery UUU Art Collective, which acts as a venue to both curate upcoming young artists and musicians and promote community activism. Currently, SALUT paintings are displayed throughout businesses in the downtown Rochester area."
- Albright-Knox, July 30, 2020



"Al Wochensky sets up a digital projector used to overlay the artists design onto the wall surface so the artists can trace out a rough sketch to get the exact proportions they need across such a large surface. While digital projectors are new, the practice likely predates the camera obscura used by Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance." - Robert J. McCarthy, "DL&W murals to brighten drab Cobblestone District," - The Buffalo News, Aug 1, 2020

 "Artist Bradd Young of rochester reaches out to follow a line within his composition as it is projected on the wall." - Robert J. McCarthy,  The Buffalo News, Aug 1, 2020



FINISHED MURAL - Photo taken August 9, 2020   ...   Three details below:


FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 9, 2020



FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 9, 2020



FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 9, 2020    ...    Artist's signature:  SALUT [Bradd Young]





James “Yames” Moffitt


Photo source: Pine Apple Company

"James “Yames” Moffitt is a Buffalo native and co-founder of Pine Apple Company, an artist collective and gallery located in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood. Having formally trained at the Pratt Institute, Yames is a multidisciplinary graphic artist who specializes in hand-painted signs, typography, illustration, murals, and more. You can find his work on businesses throughout Buffalo, including Hydraulic Hearth, Sato Brewpub, Larkin Square, and the National Grid Terminal B on Niagara Street. Though this will be Yames’s first mural with the Public Art Initiative, he has assisted on numerous other projects for the Initiative." - Albright-Knox, July 30, 2020

 

"Artist James "Yames" Moffit of Buffalo and Al Wochensky make some adjustments to Moffit's design to fine-tune the placement of his key subject on a doorway as they project it onto the section of the DL&W Terminal where it will soon be painted." - Robert J. McCarthy,  The Buffalo News, Aug 1, 2020


WORK IN PROGRESS - August 9, 2020



WORK IN PROGRESS - August 15, 2020



FINISHED MURAL - Photo taken August 19, 2020   ...   Two details below:


FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 19, 2020



FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 19, 2020   ...   Artist's signature: [James] Yames [Moffit]





Lauren McKenzie


Photo source:  Artist/Mother Podcast (online August 2020)

"Cleveland-based artist Lauren McKenzie creates a vast variety of work that focuses on diversity and bridging the black and white halves of her identity. Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, the artist spends most of her time either in her studio or working on murals in her community that create conversations around identity, race, and womanhood. Using an array of materials and hues to highlight the beauty of people of color in her life, most of her work features portraits of either individuals she personally knows or are derived from her own imagination as though from a melting pot of faces.

"McKenzie was the first Black woman to paint a mural in the City of Cleveland." - Albright-Knox, July 30, 2020


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WORK IN PROGRESS - August 9, 2020



WORK IN PROGRESS - August 9, 2020



FINISHED MURAL - Photo taken August 15, 2020



FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 15, 2020   ...   Artist's signature: Lauren Pearce [McKenzie]





Jason Brammer


Photo source: Jason Brammer.com

Jason Brammer is a Chicago-based visual artist known for his murals, site-specific installations, distinctive paintings, and mixed-media hand-painted assemblages. Brammer’s murals also veer into fantastic worlds but utilize a more formal trompe l'oeil style that pierces otherwise solid forms and allows viewers to envision a portal to another place. He has received commissions from prominent clients such as LinkedIn, Hulu, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the band My Morning Jacket. - Albright-Knox, July 30, 2020



FINISHED MURAL - Photo taken August 15, 2020   ...    Two details below:



FINISHED MURAL detail  - Photo taken August 15, 2020



FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 15, 2020   ...   Artist's signature





Obsidian Bellis

"Obsidian Bellis is an artist and DIY organizer born and raised on the East Side of Buffalo. After traveling and living in other places on the East Coast and in the Midwest, Bellis now resides on Buffalo’s West Side. Bellis sees her creative drive as a method to bring something new and novel into existence. Finding inspiration from such wide-ranging sources as magical illustrations found in fifteenth to nineteenth–century Coptic prayer scroll amulets and Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts to mythology to Afrofuturism, Bellis’s signature style is a mixture of illustrative and mystical forms often incorporating spectacular natural elements with fantastical figures."
- Albright-Knox, July 30, 2020

"Buffalo artist Obsidian Bellis, 27, is adding her first major piece of public art to the project. Bellis concentrates on the "ethereal," frequently employing fairies or mermaids to highlight her paintings. So she submitted "Daisy Chain," featuring a figure she calls "an acrobat or a gymnast perched on a mass of daisies." 
- Robert J. McCarthy,
The Buffalo News, Aug 1, 2020


Obsidian Bellis    ...   Photo source: Qween City



"Artist Obsidian Bellis of Buffalo and Eric Jones, project manager at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, use markers to trace lines from a projection of Bellis' mural."- Robert J. McCarthy, "DL&W murals to brighten drab Cobblestone District," -  The Buffalo News, Aug 1, 2020



"With a rough sketch in place, artist Obsidian Bellis can bring her creation to life with paint." - Robert J. McCarthy,
The Buffalo News, Aug 1, 2020


FINISHED MURAL  - Photo taken August 9, 2020   ...   An acrobat or a gymnast perched on a mass of daisies   ...   Two details below:


FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 9, 2020



FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 9, 2020







Ellen Rutt

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Left photo source:  The journal    ...   Mask initiated by the 2020 Covud-19 pandemic


"Ellen Rutt
is a Detroit-based interdisciplinary artist whose work utilizes an abstract lexicon of layered shapes and primary colors that results in improvisational and evocative installations. She facilitates conversations between materiality and movement, between place and process. Her site-specific installations, mixed-media paintings, and textiles examine notions of belonging and exclusion that expose a divide between nature and culture in the American experience. 

"Rutt graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art Grand Rapids, East Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, and pt. 2 Gallery in Los Angeles. She has completed murals and installations in locations around the world including France, New York, San Francisco, Canada, and Hawaii, among others. She has been featured in Juxtapoz, Forbes, W, alive, LOAM, and was recently named one of twenty-four changemakers in 2020 by Hour Detroit Magazine."
- Albright-Knox, July 30, 2020


WORK IN PROGRESS - August 15, 2020



FINISHED MURAL - Photo taken August 19, 2020



FINISHED MURAL detail - Photo taken August 19, 2020   ...   Artist's signature




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Monet Alyssa Kifner   

"Monet Alyssa Kifner is a freelance illustrator born, raised, and currently residing in Buffalo. She is interested in exploring form, pattern, fashion, and nature, and crafts psychedelic and colorful motifs to adorn her figures in works that combine digital and traditional mediums. Alyssa Kifner graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2019, and her work was featured in the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibit and the 2021 Communication Arts Annual." - Albright-Knox: Various Artists, Cobblestone Commons, 2020-2021


Five details below:


Detail #1



Detail #2



Detail #3



Detail #4



Detail #5    ...    Signature:  Monet [Alyssa Kifner]



 

Miriam Singer


Source  (online August 2021)
"Miriam Singer was raised in Buffalo and now lives in Philadelphia. Singer uses a combination of printmaking and drawing to create her unique works on paper and designs for public art projects. Selected public artworks include projects for St. Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware (2020), and in Philadelphia, University City Arts League (2019), Navy Yard Transit’s fleet of buses in Philadelphia (2018), and Park Towne Place apartments (2017). Singer currently teaches printmaking at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and is a member of the artist collective Space 1026." -Albright-Knox: Various Artists, Cobblestone Commons, 2020-2021


Five details below:


Detail #1    ...    Grain elevator: Marine "A"(?)



Detail #2    ...    Edward M. Cotter Fireboat



Detail #3    ...    City Hall



Detail #4



Detail #5    ...    Artist's signature:  Miriam [Singer]





Karle Norman


Source  (online August 2021

"Karle Norman is an artist living in Buffalo, New York. Born into a conservative religious group that emphasized strict adherence to the Bible, he used art as an escape. Many hours were poured into his sketchbooks, and sketching remains an integral part of his artmaking some twenty years later. Norman credits his grandmother, an artist herself, with instilling in him the desire to maintain a creative practice. His series “Same Inside” seeks to explore the relationship of our shared experiences to our physical differences." - Albright-Knox: Various Artists, Cobblestone Commons, 2020-2021



Three
details below:


Detail #1


Detail #2


Artist's signature: [Karle] Norman

See also, by Karle Norman: Albright Knox Public Art: Works, From Home, 2020





Morgan Blair


Source (online August 2021)
"Morgan Blair is an artist based in Queens. She has painted large-scale murals in Heerlen, The Netherlands; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Montauk and Brooklyn, New York. She also makes hand-cut, artist-edition wooden jigsaw puzzles. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions at galleries such as The Hole, The Journal Gallery, and Kasmin Gallery in New York City; Harper’s Books in East Hampton, New York; and Shane Campbell Gallery and Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Illinois." - Albright-Knox: Various Artists, Cobblestone Commons, 2020-2021



Four
details below:


Detail #1



Detail #2



Detail #3



Detail #4    ...    Artist's signature:  Morgan [Blair]





Cyrielle Tremblay


Source   (online August 2021)
"Quebec-based artist Cyrielle Tremblay builds dream-like worlds where she mixes poetic composition with touches of humor and traces of popular culture. Her creative explorations have led her to work in mediums ranging from mural painting, textiles, and photography to installation, and self-publishing. Tremblay has participated in various festivals and international mural events, and her work has been exhibited in Mexico, Sweden, the United States, France, Colombia, and Canada." - Albright-Knox: Various Artists, Cobblestone Commons, 2020-2021

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Thomas Evans, aka Detour


Source  (online August 2021)
"Thomas Evans, aka Detour, is an all-around creative specializing in interactive visuals, portraiture, immersive spaces, creative directing, large-scale public art, often based on photographs of local residents. In his ongoing experiments in visual art, music, and interactive technologies, he expands traditional views of artmaking and challenges the boundaries fine art mediums, all the while reimagining the creative process as grounded in multilayered collaboration and viewer participation." - Albright-Knox: Various Artists, Cobblestone Commons, 2020-2021



One detail below:


Detail




Other NFTA and Albright-Knox collaboratives:  the Allen-Medical Campus subway station and the "Freedom Wall" at its Cold Spring bus garage.


Photos and their arrangement 2020-2021 Chuck LaChiusa
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