I’ve been helping set up at the Downtown Art Market and after finishing up I headed out to get some pics of some outdoor art around the area.
First up is a piece by EXIST1981. Its tucked behind a building off of San Antonio Avenue:
The Mandala Mural was created in honor of the artists son and was created entirely by spray paint. Not far from it is another mural by Federico Archuleta:
This piece is a joint commission between Juaritos and Amor Por Juarez. Both murals sit in choice locations for viewing and add some great color to the often forgotten backsides of buildings. With so many industrial warehouses in the neighborhood, more murals such as these would really go a long way in helping establish the area as an art district.
Further down in the Union Depot area I found a couple of small paste/poster pieces:
As I continue to wander around downtown, I’ll keep posting up what I find. There’s a lot out there waiting to be found.
While walking around the Union Depot area of downtown El Paso this weekend, I captured a few shots of some of the more interesting buildings around the area. Have a look:
More pics can be found here: Union Depot/Art Market on flickr
I spent some time this weekend at the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market in El Paso’s Union Plaza District. It’s been going on for a few years now and has really taken shape from its humble beginnings.
While browsing around, I walked a few blocks over to see how the area has changed in the last year with all the recent development activity. One new addition is a large pedestrian mall following Durango street from Overland to the site of the new stadium. There’s been a lot of talk about not having enough parking for the El Paso Chihuahua’s baseball games. This looks like a good way to shuttle foot traffic up the colorful walkway from the downtown transit terminal across from the Civic Center.
The artist market has grown leaps and bounds since the addition of the farmers market. Food trucks also frequent, parking down on San Francisco street, giving patrons plenty of grub to choose from.
One thing that would really help would be if more of the businesses in the area would open up for lunch on Saturday (Hello! the Garden and Brick & Mortar…) On the corner of San Antonio and Anthony streets sits The Mix , a cool retail/ shopping venue. A few retail stores were open but a pub and nearby restaurant opened later in the afternoon. Bummer.
With plenty of parking and new vendors, the Art Market is worth a weekend checkout. It’ll be interesting to see the area continue to grow once baseball takes hold downtown. There should be more to see and do as this and future seasons get going.
One Way Up, 13″X11.5″, oil on canvas, 2012