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Friday, October 24, 2008

Celebrate Art on the East End at Our Saturday Block Party

East End Main Street and the Charleston Area Alliance are celebrating an acrylic mural – “Double Dog Star” – on the wall of The Book Exchange building at 1588 Washington St. E. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 25.

The mural faces the dog park across Maxwell Street.

The Oct. 25 block party will feature art, fun and food, including hot dogs. East End Main Street will offer trick-or-treat bag painting for kids, chalk drawing on the streets. The celebration will have an autumn and Halloween theme.

The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority in September approved the project.

Chris Dutch – of Chris Dutch Stained Glass – is the creator. His piece is painted on the wall’s existing red-brick color rather than a white background, allowing the mural’s bright colors to stand out. It incorporates stained glass, as well.

“The design is meant to be playful, to have a human element, to have large, recognizable elements that can be recognized by passing drivers and smaller bits that are best seen from close up,” Dutch explained.

The event is free and open to the public.


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