Artist Wes Martin of BeautifulVoid began work on a mural on the exterior wall of the NWTC Artisan & Business Center (1417 Cedar St.) Friday, September 26. Representatives from Olde Main Street, Inc., NWTC Artisan & Business Center, Mosaic Arts, Inc., Oneida Nation Arts Program and the City of Green Bay, were on hand to unveil the design of the 24’ wide by 16’ high mural.
Wes will be onsite September 26 and 27 painting the mural. The general public is invited to stop by throughout the weekend to see the artistic process in action. The piece will be completed by Sunday, September 28, 2014.
Wes’s objective with this project is two-fold: to bring art into urban public spaces in order to help balance the barrage of advertisements found and to stimulate creativity and conversation, and through art, to bring awareness of Native American culture back to areas they once populated and created in.
Wes chose the City of Green Bay and three other Wisconsin communities (Kenosha, La Crosse and Madison) along with Santa Cruz, CA and New Orleans, LA for his project. The primary location criteria focused on communities adjacent to rivers and lakes, with waterways being vitally important to daily Native American life.
The project is part of the Olde Maine Street Inc.'s "Art on Main" initiative.