Hilarie M. SheetsOn Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California, five artists gathered recently, with appropriate social distancing. They painted “Togetherness” in huge letters vibrantly embellished across the plywood panels protecting the windows of shuttered kitchenware store Sur La Table.Far from being a renegade action or unlawful act of graffiti, the team was working under the auspices of Beautify, a technology company created last year to facilitate mural paintings on blighted city walls.Close The Sur La Table painting was commissioned by Downtown Santa Monica Inc., after its chief executive, Kathleen Rawson, disheartened by the closed businesses in her district, contacted Evan Meyer, chief executive of Beautify and a street artist himself. “Can we do something that can give people some hope?” she asked him. Rawson pulled together a small budget for several “COVID-19 response murals,” as she called them, on the city’s newest canvases. related news COVID-19 uncertainty: How business leaders can manage risk COVID-19 impact | Banks fear major spike in NPAs from cab aggregator loans USCIS to begin premium processing of H-1B visas, green cards in phases from June 1, 2020 “It really adds a layer of color and inspiration in these grim times,” she said.Museums and galleries around… Read full this story
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