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2013 RVA Street Art Festival to revitalize GRTC property

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The RVA Street Art Festival returns to Richmond this year to bring a little more color to the city. Local and national artists will create murals and sculptures on site of the old GRTC property on Cary Street between Davis and Robinson.

Artists scheduled to appear include Maya Hayuk, David Walker, Jeff Soto, and El Kamino.

Co-organizers Ed Trask and Jon Baliles are working with artist and curator Vaughn Garland, who co-organized the Manchester Sculpture Invitational in 2005 and 2006.

Working with GRTC, the trio hopes to transform the site and have it sold or developed by 2015-2016. Exhibits will be there, focusing on existing transit options as well as new options with potential, such as the Bus Rapid Transit.

In 2012, the festival was held along the Canal Walk.

The festival, which is scheduled to run Sept. 11 – 15, will feature public art demos, sculpture sessions, painting, and project collaboration with both University of Richmond and VCU.

The artists plan on painting four new GRTC buses before the festival in order to promote. There will be a competition at the festival in which another four buses will be painted. A public forum will also be held on September 12 so that artists can openly discuss their work.

For more information about featured artists, planned events, or for a submission form for local artists, check out the RVA Street Art Festival website here.

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