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"Overlook in Blue" Mural Video by Nicole Mueller

Last summer, not long after I had moved to San Francisco, I took on my biggest project to date—a 2100 sq. ft. outdoor mural in the industrial neighborhood of Dogpatch. A mix of commercial warehouses and waterfront shipyards, Dogpatch is in the midst of a rapid redevelopment. The mural marked my first time bringing my studio outdoors, and working on a piece of this scale. Bringing in bold blues and yellows to reflect the palette of the neighborhood, the mural existed to bring beauty and color to an area in transition, but the project was short-lived. The building has since been demolished, but today the mural lives on through this incredible video shot by two talented friends and videographers, Mike Gaynor and Justin Carlson.

They did an amazing job capturing the mural's process and the essence of Dogpatch. I'm so excited to share it with you here!

The mural, titled "Overlook in Blue," was entirely self-initiated and self-funded, and made possible with the support of my neighbors within the transient community of Buspatch, local businesses Center Hardware, San Francisco PaintSource, and Cresco Equipment Rental

More photos of the mural can be seen here in an earlier blog post. 

Another thank you to Mike Gaynor and Justin Carlson for their film and video work, and to David Colson for the title sequence and photography.

Mural at Salesforce Transit Center by Nicole Mueller

Recently, I was invited to paint a mural at the new Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, as part of the ArtSpan Transit Center Mural Project. The Transit Center is a new hub for transportation, retail, and green space in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Myself, along with 37 other ArtSpan artists, were selected to transform the empty storefront windows throughout the ground floor retail spaces by painting semi-permanent murals. The Transit Center itself includes permanent public art displays by Jenny Holzer and Julie Chang. 

I completed this mural project in only two days, and finished the mural live during the Grand Opening Block Party on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.

I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity, and to ArtSpan for facilitating the project. The paints and materials for this project were generously donated by Art Savoir-Faire using paints from Sennelier's abstract series.

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Photography by Dave Colson

Photography by Dave Colson

If in San Francisco, you can visit the mural in person, located off Minna Street, in between First and Second Streets.

If interested in a possible mural commission, please email nmueller104@gmail.com

Block Party Photos by Nicole M

The 5th annual "Boundary Block Party" that the No Boundaries Coalition has been planning for all spring, finally happened last Saturday May 12th, and it was awesome! The block party has been an opportunity to bring people together from the various neighborhoods around West Baltimore, and establish good connections between people in the communities. They had free food, live music, face painting, stilt walking, and lots more. 
I'd been helping to coordinate this year's public art project, which was an interactive photo mural featuring neighborhood leaders along with their thoughts on community, paired with chalkboards for people to fill in ideas on why community is important. 
If you missed it, I'm sad, but you can relive the experience vicariously through all these great photos we took (and there's always next year!)! ;)

Here are some images of the photo mural, which came out fantastic! Thanks to Sean Scheidt for taking such beautiful portraits, Dave Colson for designing the layout, and of course all the participants who were a part of it. Below is one of three photo spreads, and two out of three chalkboards that will later be installed along Pennsylvania Avenue. We'll also soon have an online component where you can view the portraits & each person's full quote. 

 Here are some photos from the rest of the block party!
Facepainting!
Chalk drawing
Mrs. Reid & Mrs. Boyd viewing their portraits on the mural
Mrs. Ida Moore, lifelong Baltimore resident, seeing her portrait that will be on the mural for the first time!
Colorful stilt walkers!
Beautiful weather for a dip in the fountain ;)
A guy with a snake, and ice cream
Little Miss Ladybug & Captain America 

Check out even more photos from the block party here! They're really worth taking a look! Thanks to everybody who came out, it was a beautiful time!


Community Art Projects & the No Boundaries Coalition by Nicole M

This spring I've also gotten to work with a community group called the No Boundaries Coalition, which is a "resident-run initiative dedicated to deconstructing boundaries and reconstructing community" throughout the neighborhoods of Central West Baltimore. I've been helping to organize their annual block party and public art project as the "public art project coordinator."

The Coalition is an awesome group of people from across the neighborhoods of Bolton Hill, Upton, Sandtown, Druid Heights, & Madison Park, who have all come together out of a desire to see their communities become more connected and to break down the socio-economic & man-made barriers that separate them. They're very relationship-oriented and believe in the idea that the more we all get to know one another on a personal level, the more unified and empowered our communities as a whole will become.

The block party this year is coming up on Saturday May 12, and will be on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. & Presstman St. between 1–4 in the afternoon (i'll post more info. about the event soon!) If you want to catch a sneak peak of the interactive photo mural we're working on for the public art project, check out photographer Sean Scheidt's blog post about the project here: http://seanscheidt.com/blog/?p=1958   Looking great so far!

The Coalition also hosted a day-long retreat recently at the Carrie Murray Nature Center (a really cool place) in Gwynns Falls to brainstorm ideas for the future, redefine what No Boundaries is all about, and figure out logistics of things. Here's some photos from the retreat!


Our facilitator helping us redefine what No Boundaries is about, and helping us come up with a future game-plan for next year. 
 
Breakfast & roundtable discussions
 
 
 
  
 
Group brainstorming
 
 
Some good discussions going on here ;) 


I also got to be featured in the Baltimore Collegetown's Class Two Yearbook for LeaderShape! LeaderShape is a leadership development retreat I participated in last summer, that focuses on helping you develop service-minded "visions" for the future based on your own passions. That was a whole other experience I could go on forever about, but basically this opportunity with No Boundaries was the perfect next step to further exploring the intersection between art and community for me. And I'm super excited about being a part of both of these amazing networks of people! View the rest of the yearbook and read about what other projects people are working on from different schools here! Baltimore's a cool city, you know?

I want to say something funny about how inspiring this photo is, but I'm afraid of people getting the wrong impression so I'll just let it speak for itself ;) 


I will definitely be sharing more about the art project and block party as they culminate in the next couple of weeks! Oh yea and thesis...