For the last two years, Grove Street neighborhood tremendously changed its look. Murals transformed black-molded properties into a cultural destination and catalyst for further development in the Grove Street neighborhood.
Iryna Kanishcheva and Maria Huff Edwards began a public mural project as a way of demonstrating a commitment to urban renewal and growth in their neighborhood. Named the Grove Street Neighborhood Mural Project, the initiative brought new life and new businesses to the once almost forgotten Powell’s Plaza for which both activists received the 2018 City Beautification Award.
Mo’s Garage Salon Experience has supported the tendency by organizing another mural in the neighborhood. To complete the image of the new business, Monica Albert has commissioned artist Shawn Maschino to create a mural at her full-service salon which you can find at 910 NW 4th Street, Gainesville, FL.
The mural depicts a mid-century photo of Albert’s parents silhouetted by a beautiful Florida skyline, in Maschino’s signature style. This mural is personally special for Albert because it commemorates two very important people to her.
I genuinely love and support art in public spaces. I wanted to feature my parents in this mural because they’ve made all things in my life more meaningful. This picture represents a time in their lives and culture that is very romantic to me, including the Beat movement… so painfully cool. – Monica Albert, the Owner.
Monica mentions that the couple looks iconic and timelessly beautiful. It represents that good grooming never goes out of style.
The mural was created by Shawn Maschino, an artist living in Gainesville Florida. As a fine artist, he concentrates on commercially driven imagery and works in many styles and mediums including collage, stencil work, sculpture, found objects, and anything else that can be gotten. Working, also, in design and small-scale construction on several concept projects in downtown Gainesville including The Wooly, The Top, The Pop-a-Top Downtown and at Depot Park, The Dime Bar, The Atlantic, the Arcade Bar, Arrows Aim Records, The Palamino, as well as Satchels.
The GNV URBAN ART got an opportunity to speak with the artist about his latest mural at Mo’s Garage Salon Experience.
Interview With the Artist
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Mo’s Garage Salon Experience holds an Open House event on Tuesday, November 13th. Discover why Good Grooming Never Goes Out of Style. Meet The Wench, The Ruski, and The Purist and see what the Garage Salon Experience is about. You will have a chance to win a prize and get discounts on services. Refreshments will be available, including wine and beer, and tasty nibbles. Please, visit Event Page for more information and be inspired!
My life has been full of creative endeavors. I revel in challenge and novelty. All I really need is to honestly express myself, work with my hands and make others feel inspired and good about themselves. I believe I can do that under any circumstances in my life. – Monica Albert, the Owner.
Address: 910 NW 4th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601.