Rivers Really Do Run Through It

Here’s an opportunity to take your summer travel photos to the next level, like these below.

The National Geographic Society is having a summer Traveler photo contest. Hurry, it ends on June 30. You can also vote for your favorite Viewer’s Choice.

Because there is an ongoing epidemic killing our bees (of which I’d like to help with  bee-keeps on my roof top garden one day) and because this photo of rivers in the California Baja desert are so beautiful, they get my vote for Nature’s Art seen through man’s lens.

National Geographic Photos on Art Is Everywhere

So many of these photos are inspirational.


Gettin’ on board the colorful travel tr-rrain

It’s nearly summer and time for summer travel.

If you’re taking a train to Philly (city of murals), be forewarned, no you’re not trippin’ when you see the neon colored terrain out the window.

You’re taking a trip though, through some purposely spray-painted, colorful landscapes that are meant to be seen at high speed.

purple mural field on Art is Everywhere

purple mural field on Art is Everywhere

Berlin artist, Katharina Grosse, envisioned her Psycholustro project (as part of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program) to get train passengers engaged with the passing landscape.

Psycholustro murals on Art is Everywhere

Psycholustro murals on Art is Everywhere Psycholustro murals on Art is Everywhere

Often her brightly painted, abandoned warehouse buildings covers up existing graffiti and makes them look better if not more interesting.

Psycholustro murals on Art is Everywhere Psycholustro murals on Art is Everywhere

Psycholustro murals on Art is Everywhere Psycholustro murals on Art is Everywhere

Click here to go to Web Urbanist to read the full story.

Want to be a part of a public traveling art project, yourself?

Here’s an opportunity to contribute to St. Louis’ first public art bus project on May 31st, in which one bus of their newly installed articulated Metrobus system will become an open canvas.

St. Louis Art bus via NextStop on Art is Everywhere

Go to the NextStop blog to learn about the details.

All this art travel got me thinking of the perfect song to get you moving. It got me moving in my gym class and it’s now stuck in my head.

Like the choo-choo motion on a moving train, gotta C’mon N’ Ride It (by Quad City DJ’s).

Loving Vincent

Do you love Vincent Van Gogh? If you do, you’ll love Loving Vincent.

The Loving Vincent Van Gogh project on Kickstarter is worth your attention — if you love Van Gogh’s paintings.

It is the first feature-length animated documentary on Vincent Van Gogh’s life — fully visualized and told by his paintings by Break Thru Films.

The project is by Hugh Welchman, the Oscar Award winner for his animated movie, Peter and the Wolf. The crowdsourcing campaign is seeking a £40,000 goal (about $66,620) to

“…allow us to train 40 painters who will then be able to work on the film, bringing the paintings and life of Vincent Van Gogh to swirling life on the big screen!”

At this writing, the project has been funded with £42,940 (about $71,800) by 600 backers, and I’m one!

With 8 more days to go, they are now reaching for £65,000 (about $108,673).

Get on board if you Love Art and Vincent Van Gogh!

Get in the Instagram Mural Challenge Number

CNN has a challenge for you. Find murals, take a photo, post on Instagram and then they’ll post a few on their website with the excerpts of stories behind the murals. With over 300 submissions, it must have been hard just to include a few of these. I hope they show more. Click here to see more from CNN.

Here’s their community challenge below. Murals are probably in your neighborhood and if they are an everyday thing that get little notice, then take a photo and submit. Follow CNN on Instagram for the next one. This is a great marketing idea too for their business + you might learn something from the submissions, as I did with this last mural from Bangladesh.

CNN) — We often walk past them without a second thought, but most murals tell a story about the communities in which they live. And yet, as features of our public spaces, they mean something different to each of us when we view them through our own individual filters.

For our first CNN Instagram community assignment we invited followers to photograph murals or street art in their communities and tell us about them. We were thrilled to see more than 300 submissions from all over the world and hear the many stories behind them.

Below are just a few highlights. Check out all of the submissions by searching the #CNNMuralStories tag in Instagram.

I wish I had seen this one while in Rome.

Abstract Rome Italy Mural on AIE




How timely and very well done — not a poster but highly photo realistic of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela mural_AIE


This says a lot (no pun intended) about oppression and what this statesman and later first president of Bengali was speaking against.

Bangladesh Leader mural on AIE

Click the link above to read about each one of these and more on CNN’s site.

Laramie Mural Project

I did a good thing! Who knew a Google alert would lead me to the Laramie Mural Project. And here’s how it happened.

I have no connection with Wyoming but when I clicked on their mural link, I was drawn in. I liked their website – their home image takes up the entire screen. I’ve been paying attention these days to website design as I’m in the process of creating new and easier-to-edit templates for both my sites. I noticed the picture of the unfinished mural and I always like to see the progression of a project. This got me clicking to learn more.

Laramie mural project on Art Is Everywhere

I learned that Laramie is trying to beautify their town with murals with help through the Laramie Main Street Alliance — a partnership between the town of Laramie and University of Wyoming. I believe that murals can beautify a town by adding character and interest and increase community pride and involvement as well as bring economic vitality — all from artwork. This got me clicking more. I went to their Kickstarter page. I had attended a business conference with the founder of Kickstarter on the panel so I was interested + ever since we went through the process of applying for Living Social’s Mission Small Business Grant, I’ve been interested in ways to fund business projects. I have another in mind and I’m thinking Kickstarter may be a good testing ground.

I really liked what I saw — the murals and how easy it was to use the site. I thought the write up they did for each level of backing were clever and captivating. You’ll have to go to their Kickstarter Campaign site to check these out further but here’s a visual taste of the murals. They have a lovely assortment of styles and are very rich with talent. They expressed the big, wide open country that I think of when I think of Wyoming, of where I have only passed through once while in a car on a family trip. I must have been about 10 years old.

OK, I was sold!

Laramie Mural Project - Kickstarter on Art Is Everyhwere

The great thing with Kickstarter is you don’t have to spend much or you can spend as much as you want. I donated $15. I wanted to contribute something but I have no association with Wyoming otherwise, but believe in the mural project’s mission and like most of the murals. I also wanted to test Kickstarter’s platform for business. It’s one of the few fundraising sites that really does cater to artists and their creative projects; whereas, other Angel Investor type sites are primarily interested in start-up technology companies. Kickstarter as a business concept appeals to me.

Checkout was easy and used my amazon account. I was so satisfied with the process that I used their smart marketing message that came up at the completion to share with your friends. I shared on Facebook, which then gets tweeted to our 795 followers.

This was a great business lesson with marketing and charitable giving all mixed in. I felt good and even more so to learn this on the Laramie Main Street website, that they have reached their $15,000 goal but the more they receive, the more they can do. I like it and I’m glad that any donation beyond what they wanted will be well spent:

We have reached our $15,000 goal on Kickstarter!!! But, if you are still interested in donating, know the more we raise, the more we can do. Additional funds will be used for more murals and educational material like an audio guide or walking tour of public art downtown. Our Kickstarter page for the Laramie Mural Project will be up through July 21st.

I plan on following up on their mural progress because I want to see their completion and maybe even go visit.

Since there were only 3 more days left for fundraising for this project at the time of this writing, please go to Kickstarter to look for others and perhaps do a good thing.

Here are some other murals that artists from this project have painted.

Laramie Main Street_Wyoming Public Media_Pinterest on Art Is Everywhere

Laramie Main Street_Wyoming Public Media_Pinterest on Art Is Everywhere

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