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Spring 2017

 

photo journal

The Dripped On The Road Spring 2017 Program was a month long trip that visited 6 cities, painted 9 murals, hosted 3 artist talks and camped in 5 State/National Parks and Forests. 

Resident artists were Lauren Asta and Kit Mizeres hosted by DOTR directors Denton Burrows, Ramiro Davaro-Comas and Jonathan Neville. Documenting the journey was DOTR videographer Lisa Bolden. 

The Program visited Washington DC, Asheville NC, Nashville TN, Florence AL, Atlanta GA, Bethlehem PA and hosted a gallery exhibition in New York City.

Washington D.C.

April 2nd - April 6th

The first stop after departing NYC was the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. The team had a full schedule with three murals planned across the city.

The first mural was for Pabst Blue Ribbon in the well-known bar, The Pinch, on 14th Street NW and Parkwood Place NW. Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Denton Burrows, Kit Mizeres and Lauren Asta collaborated on a black & white mural in the venue’s performance space. For two days the artists worked non-stop transforming a once white, bland wall into a masterpiece that reflects The Pinch’s persona.

Resident artist Kit in front of her section of the mural
Resident artist Kit in front of her section of the mural
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The crew in front of the mural
The crew in front of the mural
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Resident artist Lauren in front of her section of the mural
Resident artist Lauren in front of her section of the mural
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Director Denton in front of his section of the mural
Director Denton in front of his section of the mural
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Resident artist Lauren & Director Denton Burrows
Resident artist Lauren & Director Denton Burrows
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Resident artist Lauren & Director Denton Burrows
Resident artist Lauren & Director Denton Burrows
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Resident artists Kit & Lauren
Resident artists Kit & Lauren
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Director Denton Burrows
Director Denton Burrows
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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The Pinch
The Pinch
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Videographer Lisa taking video & photos
Videographer Lisa taking video & photos
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The Pinch
The Pinch
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Director Jonathan
Director Jonathan
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Washington DC

Part 2

April 2nd - April 6th

Next in D.C. the program headed over to The Fridge Gallery, a gallery focused on street art and community events on Barracks Row in the historic Eastern Market neighborhood, to collaborate on a large mural on the gallery's facade. The Fridge is a neighborhood staple that hosts some of the best art exhibits in D.C. Alex, the owner, lives there with his amazing dog Bongo and each morning they greeted the crew with coffee and donuts!

During the Fridge Gallery mural, Ramiro and Jonathan Neville headed over to DOTR sponsor Artist & Craftsman Supply to paint a small mural on the entrance to the store. The A+C crew was friendly and psyched to work with the DOTR Directors. 

The crew in front of the Fridge mural
The crew in front of the Fridge mural
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Segment of the Fridge mural
Segment of the Fridge mural
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Segment of the Fridge mural
Segment of the Fridge mural
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Segment of the Fridge mural
Segment of the Fridge mural
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Segment of the Fridge mural
Segment of the Fridge mural
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Segment of the Fridge mural
Segment of the Fridge mural
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Segment of the Fridge mural
Segment of the Fridge mural
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Resident artists Kit & Lauren
Resident artists Kit & Lauren
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Resident artist Kit
Resident artist Kit
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Bongo
Bongo
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Bongo
Bongo
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Artist Craftsman in DC
Artist Craftsman in DC
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Ratchi & Director Ramiro
Ratchi & Director Ramiro
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Directors Ramiro & Jonathan in front of the A&C mural
Directors Ramiro & Jonathan in front of the A&C mural
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Gatewood Park, VA

April 7th - April 8th

After DC, the crew packed up the supplies in the RVs and hit the road for a few nights in George Washington & Jefferson National Forest to recoup before the next city and murals in Asheville North Carolina. The first campground the program stayed in was a riverside campsite in Gatewood Park, a 6 mile drive into the mountains. Gatewood Park had about 15 RV sites and was next to a bald eagle's nest.

Overnight there was a wind and hailstorm and the team awoke to flurries in the morning. A little hot coffee in the morning and the artists were back on the road headed to the next campground. 

The crew
The crew
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Resident artist Kit
Resident artist Kit
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Videographer Lisa
Videographer Lisa
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Director Jonathan
Director Jonathan
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Director Denton
Director Denton
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Director Jonathan
Director Jonathan
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Director Ramiro
Director Ramiro
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Boiling water & charging a phone
Boiling water & charging a phone
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One of our stoves
One of our stoves
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Asheville, NC

April 8th - April 9th

The crew arrived to their next mural location, the Desoto Lounge in Asheville NC and parked the RVs in the lot behind behind the bar. The owners and DeSoto staff greeted the crew with open arms and kept them fed with delicious fried chicken sandwiches and homemade meals. 

The Asheville Pabst Blue Ribbon rep, Alex, brought the crew out to amazing local restaurants and bars to eat dinner and enjoy PBR. 

The DOTR crew painted a black and white mural spanning two walls based on PBR cans and DeSoto Lounge's mascot, the ConquistaDeer. Overall, Asheville is a great place to visit!

The crew in front of the mural
The crew in front of the mural
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The mural
The mural
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Resident artist Kit Mizeres
Resident artist Kit Mizeres
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Detail of resident artist Kit's mural
Detail of resident artist Kit's mural
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Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
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Detail of resident artist Kit's mural
Detail of resident artist Kit's mural
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Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
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Resident artist Ramiro's section
Resident artist Ramiro's section
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Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
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Detail of director Denton's mural
Detail of director Denton's mural
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Detail of director Denton's mural
Detail of director Denton's mural
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Director Denton's mural
Director Denton's mural
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Detail of director Denton's mural
Detail of director Denton's mural
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Nashville, TN

April 10th -April 14th

Nashville was a lively stop. The program partnered with Pabst Blue Ribbon painting two enormous murals on the side and on the parking lot fence of The Crying Wolf, a great bar in East Nashville. The owners of The Crying Wolf allowed the program to park and stay on their property conveniently located down the road from the bar.

 

The days were hot and humid but with the assistance of two articulated boom lifts, the crew was able complete the mural while still experiencing the amazing cultures Nashville has to offer from the honky-tonks to delicious BBQ.

 

On the final day, as the crew packed up the supplies and took photos, the owner of a restaurant across the street, Butcher & Bee, invited the crew to have their final meal in Nashville at the restaurant. The crew was treated to a table full of delicious Middle Eastern inspired dishes. The staff's kindness was a true example of southern hospitality.

The RVs
The RVs
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Camping out back
Camping out back
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Stragglers left from the night before
Stragglers left from the night before
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Videographer Lisa
Videographer Lisa
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The crew in front of the mural
The crew in front of the mural
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The crew in front of the mural
The crew in front of the mural
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Director Denton
Director Denton
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Resident artist Kit
Resident artist Kit
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Director Denton
Director Denton
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The mural
The mural
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Ratchi
Ratchi
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Segment of the Ratchi mural
Segment of the Ratchi mural
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Ratchi
Ratchi
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Resident artist Kit Mizeres
Resident artist Kit Mizeres
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The mural
The mural
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Director Denton & Ramiro
Director Denton & Ramiro
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Resident artist Kit
Resident artist Kit
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Resident artist Lauren enjoy the PBR
Resident artist Lauren enjoy the PBR
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Florence, AL

April 14th- April 16th

In Florence, Alabama, the program stayed with DOTR friends and tattoo artists, Ulyss Blair and Eva Jean at a beautiful lakeside residence. The tranquil space afforded the program a much needed opportunity to work on their artwork for the gallery exhibition at the end of the program. The program explored Florence, stumbling into an amazing concert by the grammy winning blues musician Alvin Youngblood Heart. A Mississippi legend. 
 

Ulyss and Eva took great care of the crew and had an awesome dog named Tater that kept the DOTR dog Yuki company. The house the crew stayed in was out of a movie providing photo shoot opportunities in every room at every moment.

Ulys and Eva are famous tattoo artists who competed on Spike TV's Ink Master Season 9 and run their own tattoo parlor, Allegory Arts. 

Resident artist Lauren making artwork
Resident artist Lauren making artwork
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The crew in Florence
The crew in Florence
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Director Ramiro making artwork
Director Ramiro making artwork
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Tater, Eva & Ulyss
Tater, Eva & Ulyss
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Director Ramiro enjoying the waterfront
Director Ramiro enjoying the waterfront
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A bit of nature
A bit of nature
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Chalk drawings on the night out
Chalk drawings on the night out
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Tater snoozing
Tater snoozing
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The crew exploring Florence
The crew exploring Florence
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Director Denton
Director Denton
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Director Rmairo
Director Rmairo
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The crew & local hosts hanging out on the patio
The crew & local hosts hanging out on the patio
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Director Denton
Director Denton
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Directors Denton & Jonathan with videographer Lisa
Directors Denton & Jonathan with videographer Lisa
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Director Jonathan
Director Jonathan
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Director Jonathan
Director Jonathan
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The pool room
The pool room
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Atlanta, GA

April 17th - April 20th

DOTR returned to one of our favorite cities, Atlanta. The Atlanta PBR rep, Luis, hosted the Program in his cul-de-sac and as he is known to do, made sure the crew experienced the city.
 

The program was in Atlanta for four days in which Lauren Asta, Ramiro Davaro-Comas and Kit Mizeres collaborated on a PBR mural for The Graveyard, a bar and music venue in East Atlanta Village. 

Directors Denton Burrows, Ramiro Davaro-Comas and Jonathan Neville hosted an artist talk and website building workshop with DOTR Sponsor Wix.com at the Facet Gallery. Facet Gallery was one of the most beautiful galleries the crew visited in Atlanta. A two story gallery space with beautiful exposed wood beams and a front yard blooming with flowers. 

Director Ramiro in front of his section
Director Ramiro in front of his section
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Director Ramiro with resident artist Kit & Lauren in front of their mural
Director Ramiro with resident artist Kit & Lauren in front of their mural
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Director Ramiro in front of his section
Director Ramiro in front of his section
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Resident artist Kit in front of her section
Resident artist Kit in front of her section
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Resident artist Kit's section
Resident artist Kit's section
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Resident artist Lauren having fun with her mural
Resident artist Lauren having fun with her mural
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Resident artist Lauren with her mural
Resident artist Lauren with her mural
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The crew in front of the mural
The crew in front of the mural
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Director Ramiro painting
Director Ramiro painting
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The crew with PBR rep Luis
The crew with PBR rep Luis
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Yuki in the front yard
Yuki in the front yard
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PBR rep Luis
PBR rep Luis
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Normal billboard to be seen in the South
Normal billboard to be seen in the South
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Artist Talk
Artist Talk
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Conquered dinner plate
Conquered dinner plate
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Yuki snoozing in the RV
Yuki snoozing in the RV
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The mural
The mural
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Resident artist Lauren's DOTR sign off
Resident artist Lauren's DOTR sign off
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Detail shot of the mural
Detail shot of the mural
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Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
Detail of resident artist Lauren's mural
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Resident artist kit taking a break
Resident artist kit taking a break
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Director Ramiro painting
Director Ramiro painting
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Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade
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The Graveyard Tavern
The Graveyard Tavern
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Resident artist Kit painting
Resident artist Kit painting
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Resident artist Kit getting in the zone
Resident artist Kit getting in the zone
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Yuki snoozing in her bag
Yuki snoozing in her bag
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Detail shot of the mural
Detail shot of the mural
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Camping

April 20th - April 24th

On the drive from Atlanta, GA to Bethlehem, PA, the program camped in three state parks Lake Norman State Park (NC), Lake Anna State Park (Va.) and one in Pennsylvania that we couldn't remember the name of and was quite eerie.  

The RVs pulled into Lake Norman State Park in the late afternoon and the crew cooked dinner and told ghost stories over the campfire. The following day they took photos, spent time drawing and explored the park and lake before hitting the road to North Carolina. 

Driving through Virginia was beautiful and Lake Anna State Park lived up to expectations and hopes. Not only was the park beautiful but the Park Rangers were very informative and kind, inviting the crew to participate in a gold panning class on the lake. While the crew did want to find gold, Lake Anna was a perfect setting to keep working on the artwork for the gallery exhibition.


The crew spent the night in a Pennsylvania State Park. The grounds and facilities were nice, however the night was eerily quiet.

Shenanigans in a canoe
Shenanigans in a canoe
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Director Denton & resident artist Lauren
Director Denton & resident artist Lauren
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Videographer Lisa
Videographer Lisa
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Director Jonathan
Director Jonathan
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The crew
The crew
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The night sky
The night sky
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The night sky
The night sky
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The day
The day
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Director Denton & Yuki
Director Denton & Yuki
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Director Denton & Yuki
Director Denton & Yuki
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Director Denton
Director Denton
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Resident artist Lauren
Resident artist Lauren
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Director Ramiro
Director Ramiro
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Resident artist Kit
Resident artist Kit
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The RVs
The RVs
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Yuki
Yuki
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Resident artist Kit with a friend
Resident artist Kit with a friend
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Bethlehem, PA

April 25th-April 30th

The crew spent five days in Bethlehem, PA partnering with the local non-profit ArtsQuest and Lehigh University for the Southside Arts & Music Festival. The crew had a busy schedule as they were set to paint a 3-story mural (45’x34’), host a youth mural workshop as well as host an artist talk & website building workshop with Wix.com. The RVs parked and the crew boon-docked in their usual Bethlehem location behind the beautiful steel stacks, an iconic Bethlehem landmark.
 

The program worked closely with Bethlehem’s Historical Commission, Arts Commission, Parking Lot Commission and ArtsQuest to make certain that the proposed mural reflected Bethlehem’s rich history and culture. The mural draws inspiration from Rosie the Riveter, photographs from the 1920s of steel workers and local Bethlehem imagery and insignias.

The Bethlehem community rallied around the mural and the owner of the building invited the crew to have dinner at his restaurant, a Victorian mansion repurposed in 1980 into a Euro-Asian café. The setting was a moment captured in the Victorian Age and the food was amazing.

On the last night in Bethlehem and of the program, the crew was invited to Lehigh University professor and DOTR advocate and friend, Berrisford Boothe's house, for a good-bye dinner. The night was full of great conversations, silly art games, great conversations and reflection. 

Bethlehem was an amazing end to an amazing DOTR Spring ’17 Program

The RVs at Steel Stacks
The RVs at Steel Stacks
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Bethlehem
Bethlehem
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ArtsQuest
ArtsQuest
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The Bethlehem Steel Stacks
The Bethlehem Steel Stacks
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The Banana Factory
The Banana Factory
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Director Jonathan leading the youth mural workshop
Director Jonathan leading the youth mural workshop
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Director Jonathan
Director Jonathan
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A child having fun at the workshop
A child having fun at the workshop
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A child having fun at the workshop
A child having fun at the workshop
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A family at the workshop
A family at the workshop
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The Cafe
The Cafe
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Eating at The Cafe
Eating at The Cafe
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Videographer Lisa at The Cafe
Videographer Lisa at The Cafe
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Resident artist Kit at The Cafe
Resident artist Kit at The Cafe
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Director Denton talking with Berrisford Boothe with his Lehigh art class
Director Denton talking with Berrisford Boothe with his Lehigh art class
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Resident artist Lauren painting
Resident artist Lauren painting
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Detail of director Ramiro's section
Detail of director Ramiro's section
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Director Ramiro painting
Director Ramiro painting
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A local youth enjoying the workshop
A local youth enjoying the workshop
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Detail of director Denton's section
Detail of director Denton's section
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Detail of resident artist Lauren's section
Detail of resident artist Lauren's section
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Detail of resident artist Lauren's section
Detail of resident artist Lauren's section
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Detail of director Ramiro's section
Detail of director Ramiro's section
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Detail of director Ramiro's section
Detail of director Ramiro's section
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New York, NY

April 30th-May 4th

The crew arrived back in New York with three days to prepare for the “End of The Road” exhibition on May 4th. The exhibition was held at 287 Bleecker Street hosted by Cami Ledy and All Mad Here productions.


Lauren Asta showed approximately 40 illustrations based on phrases said and people she encountered at Wal-Marts during the trip. Kit Mizeres installed four framed illustrations, an impressive feat considering two works were destroyed, one ending up in an Alabama lake. Jonathan Neville created an entire new company, Street Art Succulents, repurposing the aerosol cans used during the trip into planters for succulents. Denton Burrows exhibited two detailed illustrations inspired by the trip. Ramiro Davaro-Comas installed nine illustrations including pieces on wood and on paper sown together with hemp chord framed by wooden sticks found in state parks visited during the trip. Lisa Bolden showed a video installation as well as her photography from the different locations the program visited. 

The exhibition saw approximately 200 guests and sold a majority of the artwork.

Hanging the artwork
Hanging the artwork
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Installing the Road Relics
Installing the Road Relics
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Installing the Road Relics
Installing the Road Relics
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Plotting the installation
Plotting the installation
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DOTR friend Outer Source
DOTR friend Outer Source
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Some of the Road Relics
Some of the Road Relics
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Director Denton's work
Director Denton's work
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Resident Artist Lauren's work
Resident Artist Lauren's work
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Some Road Relics
Some Road Relics
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Director Jonathan & Ratchi installation
Director Jonathan & Ratchi installation
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Videographer Lisa's photos
Videographer Lisa's photos
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Ratchi & Director Jonathan's installation
Ratchi & Director Jonathan's installation
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Director Ramiro's work
Director Ramiro's work
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Resident Artist Lauren's work
Resident Artist Lauren's work
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Ratchi & Director Jonathan's installation
Ratchi & Director Jonathan's installation
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Ratchi & Director Jonathan's installation
Ratchi & Director Jonathan's installation
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Yuki with a friend
Yuki with a friend
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Outside the gallery
Outside the gallery
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