We weren’t sure how it would go down, or if we could even host a celebration with regard to the pandemic, but with strong vaccination rates and a lot of room to space out, we are thrilled to invite you to watch five beautiful murals go up on the walls of our building.
Over the course of a two day, outdoor open house, we invite you to Bloom Community Food Center to celebrate the coming together of food, people, and art. Drop by anytime on Friday, June 4 from 4 – 7 p.m. or Saturday, June 5 from 3 – 7 p.m. to watch a dream team of artists work their magic. Local food vendors will be selling food and COVID safety including masks and social distancing will be enforced.
Learn more about the incredible muralists below.
Rafael says, “My excitement about this project is to work for such an essential cause. Everyone should have access to decent food no matter your social status, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, etc. My current public art deals with colorful portraits of diversity and inclusion. I want to question the importance of color and other shared preconceive ideas about diversity. I use bright color schemes as backgrounds as well as the main tonalities of the diverse portraits. It is important to celebrate our differences so we can understand better our commonalities.”
Key Detail says, “The projects that we do allow us to meet people, travel to places, learn about subjects that we didn’t know, find interesting facts from the history of cities where we paint, and see the beauty of our world. It is very important that the city gets beautiful art that inspires the local community and attracts visitors. It helps the community to become stronger and more close-knit. It teaches the young generation that art creation is a magical and interesting process. Before any project we always complete research about the place we are going to paint and get inspiration from it. We believe that by painting our mural we can create an environment in which any individual will feel welcomed and valued. Our goal is to inspire those who see our work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty.”
SECA says, “”I’m an artist because creative power ultimately gives all of us the power to give even when we seemingly have nothing to give. To know you have something you can create is where all people find value and worth beyond, and where true wealth is created! I believe this is a burgeoning hope and as something firm that we can cling to to pull us out of this dark time.”
Amanda says, “One of the most meaningful experiences I have enjoyed while painting was when a very shy, quiet woman came by to tell me that the piece I was working on brought her joy every morning on her way to visit her sick husband in the hospital. I am specifically interested in the Bloom Community Food Center mural project as it seeks out to bring people together and break down boundaries. Creating murals that can be shared by literally anyone breaks away the concept of walls and doors that block people from freely experiencing art.”
ARCY says, “This year I came across an amazing opportunity to create a mural for Bloom Community Food Center. As I researched more about this neighborhood in Bellevue, and the rich culture that its community represented, I was not only enlightened, but intrigued and determined to apply for such a meaningful opportunity. The Hunger Coalition not only embraces such a diverse and colorful community, but houses a creative hub whose purpose is to serve its community. These qualities are the precise indicators that fuel my passion for my art, giving back to communities throughout the world.”