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September 5, 2017 > Muralist returns with new exhibit

Muralist returns with new exhibit

Submitted By Katie Bowman

World-renowned Argentinian mural artist Pastel, whose mural installation ÔCostanoansÕ can be seen in San Leandro, returns to the East Bay on Saturday, September 9 for a solo exhibit of paintings at Athen B Gallery located in Oakland. To date, San Leandro is home to PastelÕs only installation in California.

PastelÕs vibrant mural is located at the southbound Marina Boulevard exit on I-880 and has received positive acclaim by the local art community as well as San Leandro residents. Costanoans, along with a number of other murals and public art projects is part the City of San LeandroÕs plan to beautify and enhance its industrial zones.

ÒSan LeandroÕs mural project,Ó says Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter, Òis part of a larger local public art movement that is proving to be an exciting community asset. We are fortunate to provide a home for world-class installations such as PastelÕs Costanoans mural; it is a positive sign of the revitalization of the CityÕs industrial areas.Ó

ÒPastelÕs rapid international success is indicative of the quality of his art,Ó said Sorell Raino-Tsui, owner of Athen B Gallery and consultant to the City of San Leandro. ÒTo host a Pastel mural is more or less becoming the public art equivalent of owning a Jackson Pollock, and San Leandro now has one.Ó

PastelÕs rapid rise as a recognized name is a remarkable accomplishment and he is definitively claiming his place as a significant muralist through his contributions to public art. The world is PastelÕs gallery, and San Leandro is fortunate to claim a piece of his legacy.

Since 2014, San Leandro has installed forty utility art boxes, four murals, decorative street banners, and an interactive musical exhibit entitled the ÒChime Way.Ó The City Council is preparing to adopt a Public Art Master Plan, an initiative that establishes goals to ensure that more projects such as these will continue to enrich the community.

Pastel Exhibit Opening
Saturday, Sep 9
7 p.m.
Athen B Gallery
1525 Webster St, Oakland

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