Art, Astoria
Jun 01, 2016

So Much Street Art – The 7th Annual Welling Court Mural Project Opens June 11

The seventh annual Welling Court Mural Project opens its 2016 season with over 130 murals painted by some of the most talented street artists around.

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Photo credit: Welling Court Mural Project

Every year we get pretty psyched to tell you about the Welling Court Mural Project, now in its seventh year. It’s a celebration of “the streets, solidarity, community and culture” and a true feast for the eyes, heart, and soul.

Originally started as a way to fight blight in this western Astoria neighborhood, the Welling Court Mural Project is now one of the major areas for street art in Queens (RIP 5 Pointz) and features some pretty sophisticated, thought-provoking, and gorgeous art. For context regarding output, the first Welling Court Mural Project featured around 40 murals; this year there are over 130! I’m certainly impressed.

The murals are, of course, open for viewing all the time, but June 11 is the big celebratory day of the new art, and there will be a self-guided walking tour (wear comfy shoes) as well as sticker-making workshops all day with Sticker Social Club.

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Artists participating in the Welling Court Mural Project this year include Abe Lincoln, Jr., Andy Golub, Beau Stanton, Bishop203, Caleb Neelon, Cern, Christopher Cardinale, Chris Soria, Chuck Berrett, Crash, Dan Witz, Danielle Mastrion, Daze, Depoe, Don Leicht, Elle, Ellis Gallagher, EpicUno, Eyez, Gera, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Icy & Sot, Hef, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, John Fekner, Joseph Meloy, Katie Yamasaki, Kid Lew, Lady Pink, Lmnopi, LogikOne, MagdaLove, MAST, Matthew Ellis, Meres, Praxis, Python, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Raquel Echanique, Rene Gagnon, Royal Kingbee, Rubin415, RWK, Ryan Seslow, SEBS, SeeOne, Sinned, SpazeCraft, Subtexture, Steven Cogle, TooFly, Vera Times, Wane, Werc, Zed1, Zimad, and many more.

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So head on over to the Welling Court Murals on Saturday, June 11; noon to 7pm is the event timeframe the organizers indicate in their Facebook invite. There are other great attractions nearby, too, including Socrates Sculpture Park (one of the stops on the LIC Art Bus) with its Greenmarket, and one of our favorite eateries, Astor Bake Shop, is also close by. You can totally make a day of it.

7th Annual Welling Court Mural Project
Saturday, June 11, 2016
11-90 Welling Court, Astoria

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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