October saw the fourth edition of the Virginia Street Arts Festival. This years edition saw three artists participate and carry out interventions in the downtown area of Waynesboro, VA.
A vacant building owned by the Wayne Theatre was the location for this years murals. Nils Westergard and Kimchi Juice painted murals at opposite sides of the building allowing their works to be seen from different perspectives across the city.
Alongside these new mural interventions were dance troupes, live music and food trucks. In addition to this, the Blue Ridge Children’s Museum offered interactive art installations for children of all ages. Yet another street art festival that yearns to involve the local community and hopefully inspire the next generation of artists.
Belgian/American Nils Westergard is an internationally renowned artist, whose work can be seen all over the globe. I’ve been lucky enough personally to see his work in Barcelona, Antwerp and Berlin. This piece titled “Poochie” (Floral) has a very interesting back story. Nils explained on his Instagram that he has faced resistance in the past with attempting to paint black people on walls. Upon completing this wall he learned that it is situated directly across from what was once the coloured entrance to the Wayne theatre.
Julia Chon aka Kimchi Juice is just 18 years old but is blazing a trail in the street art world already! The Austrian born artist has already participated at POW! WOW! DC where she created a 132 foot long mural. For VASA Kimchi brought her cute animals to the side of the Wayne Theatre. The piece highlights Waynesboro’s connection to the Blue Ridge Mountains and its fauna. Sadly she did not have her animals flipping the bird like they usually do!
Terry Ward’s art has been on display at MoMA, The Corcoran, and a Smithsonian-affiliate. You can also see his work on highway billboards country wide. Terry recently moved to Waynesboro, and joined the festival this year as a stencil artist.
About the festival
The Virginia Street Arts Festival was founded and is sponsored by E-N Computers and W. Lowrie and Jillian Tucker. The E-N Computers office building now finds itself covered in murals from a wide diversity of street artists. That sounds like a pretty nice place to work let’s be honest!