Postcards from the Pandemic VIII (Urban Art and All that is Dreamt)

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

One of the more enjoyable summer activities for a lot of folks here in Rochester, as I imagine in most communities, is the assortment of art festivals that connects artists and crafters to those individuals looking to patronize and shop for unique gifts. Obviously, that’s all gone away this summer, along with summer outdoor concerts and sporting events. Now mind you, I don’t get to enjoy weekend summer arts festivals anyhow because of the demands of paint and sip parties, but I do understand it’s the choice activity of those who enjoy art and its culture. Major galleries and art museums (at least here in New York because our infection rate is less than .99%) are open with restrictions.

However, there is an untapped source of art by talented artists who beautify the often overlooked and abandoned sections of our cities. Through murals and largescale paintings, (yes, these are paintings), voice contemporary issues facing our society. This graffiti is just not “tags” or the alias of the artists who created them, but it’s the voice of protest and the call to action by those who see it. Rochester has a rich cache of urban art. Some are in more higher profile locations like Rochester Public Market or an assortment of downtown bars or hiking trails. Som