‘The Avenue Concept’ Celebrates Ten Years

(6.8) Head down to Davol Square this Saturday for TAC TEN+, a public art party and fundraiser celebrating founder Yarrow Thorne (and his transition from the role of executive director). Organizers promise an evening of graffiti, sculpture and mural pop-up installations with guest artists, as well as cocktails, mocktails, and food from Troop. Mr. Thorne’s impact on the art community and the local streetscape can not be overstated. In addition to bringing life to our surroundings, he has redirected the energies of many young artists and shown them they could have a future in the arts. Win-win.

We’re bringing community together for our first large-scale party and fundraiser to celebrate Yarrow and the many folks who have contributed to The Avenue Concept (TAC)’s growth and flourishing public art ecosystem. This is an opportunity to celebrate the last ten and imagine the next ten years together!

Founded in 2012, The Avenue Concept (TAC) is the state’s leading public art program. Since then it has installed or exhibited more than 250 works of public art, and invested $2 million in both artwork and infrastructure.

It’s all around you. Many of those 3-D sculptures you see at intersections and in parks are for sale. And those artists can be commissioned for special projects. In other words: Artists making a living at art! Go here to see the TAC Artworks.

One TAC program is the Paintbar which supports local street artists with 240 feet of legal paint walls and sells a wide variety of primo Montana spray paints. Three sides of the building exterior form an ever-changing canvas for these street artists. The work below has definitely been covered up with something new by now.

The Dose has certainly benefited from this program as it has provided dozens of vivid images for these pages over the years. (This is not a recent photograph of Yarrow Thorne; I hope he doesn’t mind.)

Tickets $50 to $125. The Community Party starts at 7pm, with a 6pm reception for VIP ticket holders.

TAC TEN+, 6pm to 9pm, Saturday, June 8,  3 Davol Square, (directions)

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The artists practice by circling around the building, covering up the prior work.

The panels on the Weybosset Street facade are always changing. The shark pictured here adorned The Facade on Weybosset Street a few years ago, the work of Sam O White the 2018 2-D resident local artist at The Avenue Concept. He also executed the wonderful octopus on the back of The Dean Hotel.

 

 

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