Top local mural artists picked for Canvas outdoor art show

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For last year’s CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show, Sean Yoro created a mural on the underside of the Royal Park Bridge. (Joe Capozzi / The Palm Beach Post)

CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show has selected eight artists to participate in the 2016 Local Showdown Nov. 11 in Northwood Village

The Showdown is part of the ten-day CANVAS Outdoor Show that runs through Nov. 20. The winner will receive a position in the CANVAS 2017 artist lineup.

Applicants residing in Palm Beach, Martin, Broward or Miami-Dade county were required to submit work that was unique and suitable for public viewing. The applications were reviewed by a hand-picked selection committee comprised of business leaders and professionals from the area.

The seven selected artists will execute their designs on 20-foot-long shipping containers on 25th Street, in Northwood Village, from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11. Once the murals are completed, the public will have the chance to vote for their favorite CANVAS Local Showdown mural using the official CANVAS Art app, until Nov. 20. The winner will be announced at the closing of CANVAS.

“The goal of CANVAS is to captivate the imagination and enrich public space with art through various mediums,” Nicole Henry, the downtown gallery owner who founded CANVAS said. “During CANVAS Local Showdown, we are bringing people to historic Northwood Village to highlight and promote its artistic and cultural dimensions while beautifying public spaces to further enrich our community.”

The artists participating in this year’s CANVAS Local Showdown include:

  • Jhonattan Arango, Palm Beach County
  • Ron Burkhardt, Palm Beach County
  • Jennifer Chaparro, Martin County
  • Cheryl Maeder and Marilyn Walter, Palm Beach County
  • Eduardo Mendieta, Palm Beach County
  • Ruben Ubiera, Miami-Dade County
  • Luis Valle, Miami-Dade County

CANVAS Local Showdown was created to draw attention to one of the oldest and truly art-centric neighborhoods in West Palm Beach through a central theme of “connection.” The murals will depict the connection theme by illustrating what that means to an artist and to the world that experiences art. CANVAS Local Showdown is sponsored by West Palm Beach Art in Public Places (AiPP), the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and CANVAS Art Charities.

A series of events will take place between now and the launch of CANVAS 2016 including an Art Gala on Oct. 22 at Graffiti Garden Warehouse, 501 Fern St. Proceeds from the gala will support CANVAS Art Charities. Visit www.canvaswpb.org for updates.