Right out in the open, on the corner of Market and Shasta streets in downtown Redding, is the proclamation: “RDG Has Culture.” The exclamatory spray paint on the Shasta Street side of Boardmart is part of a mural by Sheena and Ben George, the first in a series of public projects by this husband-and-wife artistic team.
“We see Redding as a place where people come and feel inspired,” said Sheena, touting the North State’s potential as a creative mecca. “Creativity makes room for entrepreneurs and new businesses to come in and thrive.”
For Sheena and Ben, who operate on a battery charged with optimism, the murals are merely phase one of a project designed to present street art in a new light, make art more accessible and prove, once and for all, that Redding really does have culture. This weekend, the Georges present phase two: “Life Unscripted.”
Sheena and Ben created the “Life Unscripted” street art show to present the work of rising regional and international artists, but hope that it’s exciting, entertaining and inspiring. “Don’t just go with what you think is written out in life,” says Ben, expounding on the theme of the exhibit. The Georges want people to use the show as a springboard to their personal creative journeys.
The Georges drew on a wealth of collective artistic experience and international travel to inspire. “Life Unscripted” features work by regional artists, street art by world champion New Zealand graffiti crew TMD, plus music by New York-based Maggie Richie and UK-based D.J. Oopsy-Daisy.
The “Redding Has Culture” murals project and “Life Unscripted” are pieces of Sheena and Ben’s “Give Color” business entity, which they hope will allow them to achieve a North State art utopia. They’re part art promoters, part event-coordinators, part publicity makers, all in the name of celebrating Redding’s potential as a center for culture and connecting artists with people who want to buy art.
So this weekend, take advantage of Sheena and Ben’s foray into universal access to art and inspiration, or as they see it, the “opportunity to see in color.”
What: Life Unscripted: Street Art in a New Light
Where: 1424 Tehama Street, in Sherven Square, Redding
When: Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. VIP tickets available for May 5 pre-show. Click here for more information.
Click here for more information about “Life Unscripted” or call (530) 276-5404.
Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your NorthState weekend events to email@example.com.
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