Location: Towards the end of the alley to the right of Noni’s Restaurant at 357 Edgewood Ave. in the historic Sweet Auburn district.
3. Artists: Killamari, M. Totem, Niki Zarrabi, Chris Alvarez / Courtney Hicks
In October 2018, the Mutiny Artworks collective sponsored a live mural event called ARToberfest where different artists painted 27 murals along a 600-foot-long wall. (This year’s ARToberfest took place on November 18.) The variety of murals is impressive. Styles range from graffiti writing to whimsical fantasy, abstract and realism. This spectacular collection of murals lined up on a single wall is surpassed only by Forward Warrior’s Wylie Street wall, but few people know it.
A sample of murals by four of the artists, clockwise from top left corner: Killamari, Mr. Totem, Niki Zarrabi and Chris Alvarez / Courtney Hicks.
Location: Between buildings 1 and 2 of the MET Atlanta complex, directly across from the West End MARTA station on Murphy Avenue.
4. Artist: Ashley Dopson
By the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, wall activity in Atlanta had all but come to a halt, but the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 sparked a creative wave of protest murals. This work by teacher and muralist Ashley Dopson was our city’s 1,000th mural. Many of her works reflect the experiences of black women through a combination of childhood joy and worldly refinement. His “Fish are Jumping and the Cotton is High” was selected by the Cabbagetown Initiative and ATL1000 to occupy the prestigious spot at the entrance to the Krog Street tunnel. She was featured as a muralist for Elevate Atlanta in 2020.
Location: This horizontal mural is painted on the driveway of Kipp Strive Elementary School at 1444 Lucille Avenue, approximately 200 feet from the street.
5. Artist: Charmaine Minniefield
Charmaine Minniefield’s murals often feature black women who have influenced history. This mural pays tribute to Adrienne McNeil Herndon, actress, teacher, activist and teacher. She was an early African American faculty member at the University of Atlanta, where she was a WEB DuBois associate. The mural also features quotes from young black women in Atlanta on why the study of history is important. Unfortunately, the side of the building containing the fresco is not visible from the trail. Just before the trail joins White Street, it turns to the left. Instead of following the curve, continue straight for about 100 feet. This is where the fresco appears.
Location: Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail behind 1326 White St.
6. Artist: Eric Neuf
Unless you take a walk through Union EAV’s side parking lot, you’ll probably never notice this mural featuring Eric Nine’s signature multi-colored elephant. Nine is Artist in Residence at the Skylark Apartments. He sums up his philosophy on Instagram: “I use my art to promote love and equality and the idea that there is no such thing as perfection, but there is beauty in everything. This mural is in good company right next to that of nationally renowned artist Adam K. Fujita.
Location: On the Union EAV side at 485 Flat Shoals Ave. in East Atlanta Village.
Working closely with the American Press Institute, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is embarking on an experiment to identify, nurture and expand a network of press partnerships in Metro Atlanta and the state.
Our new partner, ArtsATL (www.artsatl.org), is a non-profit organization that plays a vital role in educating and informing the public about the arts and culture of the Atlanta metro area. Founded in 2009, ArtsATL’s goal is to help build a sustainable arts community contributing to the economic and cultural health of the city.
Over the next few weeks we will be featuring other partners and would love to hear from you.
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