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Paint PHX Returns This Weekend

Written by Amy Young Category: Visual Arts Issue: March 2016
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Artist Caratoes with her painting / Photo courtesy Paint PHXIt’s that time of year again, when the annual Paint PHX event brings local and visiting muralists together to create large-scale artwork in diverse and magnificent styles on the walls of buildings around Phoenix.

The event was founded by Valley-based fine art painter and muralist Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and a group of artists and supporters including artists Angel Diaz, Oscar Chavez, El Podrido, Lalo Cota, Josh Parise and Adrian Dominic, as well as Barrio Café’s Silvana Salcido Esparza and Jobot owner John Sagasta.

“Paint PHX is an event that focuses on site-specific, curated projects by artists,” Marcus says. “The first year was an experimental, grassroots effort by artists, for artists, to create mural projects citywide. It has continued to grow and evolve.”

The event showcases and builds community among local artists but also builds and strengthens relationships between area artists and the visiting participants, who travel from around the world come to Paint PHX as a destination event.

“We are also working on strategic organization of the event’s components, and starting to plan for next year,” Marcus says. “This year, we are utilizing some of the locations that we know – 16th Street by and around Barrio Café, the alleys behind Fifth and Sixth streets downtown to name a couple. Those are core areas for this event and we will continue to activate them each year. For next year, we are already looking to acquire new walls in new locations around town.”

The Block Party portion takes place on Fifth Street, just south of Roosevelt, and features bands, DJs, food trucks and activities for kids, including one that lets them be artists and pain on panels.

Paint PHX has also grown to include several satellite events like The Real Nitty Gritty art exhibition at Monorchid, and the Paint PHX official exhibition at Sound & Color on Grand Avenue.

If you go:
Paint PHX: 3-Day Paint Festival
March 4-6
Block Party hours are 12-10 p.m. on Saturday
Free admission
Various locations in Phoenix
Visit the website for information and map: paintphx.org