POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018 Mural Bike Tour

POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018 Mural Bike Tour


Ready to roll everybody? Hey, I’m Nick Russo. I work for pedal movement. We operate the bike share program
as well the bike station facility in downtown Long Beach. And this will be leading towards
the Pow Wow murals being made all over the place. It’s been great. We’ve had a lot of folks
who’ve been very excited to come out and see all the murals, actively being able to see
painting the murals which is really nice. Some artists, Lolo YS,
she finished up earlier in the week so we were able
to see a finished product today. This artist here… we’ve been able to see in action. I have had the privilege of
being able to see multiple murals at multiple points in multiple days and see the kind of progression of how each artist is going about their work differently. Art in general is something that’s always been really important to me. My brother’s an artist and my parents were always big fans of art. We always went to museums and that stuff. Long Beach has great museums
but it really excels in its public art and its support of public art. I’m just personally happy to see it
all in one place in Long Beach so that everybody can appreciate it. It doesn’t need to be behind a gate
with a $6 admission ticket or whatever. Anyone can appreciate it. My name is Darren Hostetter I’m an artist, an illustrator and professor
at Santa Ana College in Orange County. Art means a lot to me since I teach art. It’s my livelihood but it also keeps me sane and gives me an
outlet to communicate my thoughts with other people. Being able to paint
murals, which I get to do sometimes, being able to see your art up on the wall
and being able to communicate that to the public, you get to hear things that
you would never imagine people say about your art, usually good. I was able to help Dave Van Patten
on this Mural behind us at Alex’s Bar. And Dave got to hear people’s reactions,
which were almost always positive but almost always unexpected. Art becomes really a personal thing,
a cathartic thing for people. They would pick out
a certain character at the bar and they would say, “oh that’s me” or that’s this
person or that’s that person and we would never know those people
but there’s like a story behind it so, it’s been said that art is created in
the eye of the beholder.