Few and Far, all-female wall skaters, invite the public to ‘Garden Buddies’ on Saturday – Twin Cities

The public is invited to watch members of an all-female group of skaters and graffiti artists paint “Garden Buddies” in St. Paul on Saturday, the second of 11 murals commissioned by the Chroma Zone Mural and Art Festival this summer. An artist conference is scheduled for Saturday evening, followed by a meeting on Sunday.

The five muralists belong to Few and Far, a group of 23 female artists from around the world dedicated to street art, skateboarding, social justice and education.

Thomasina TopBear, Santee Dakota and Oglala Lakota artist and Few and Far board member, said her art is inspired by her Oceti Sakowin culture and explores concepts such as community, spirituality and unity.

Why the title “Garden Buddies”?

“Everyone on the mural has a green thumb,” TopBear said. “We love to plant and we love our plant relatives. I wanted to create something that represents us growing together as a crew, as a group of women.

She added: “I think it’s really beautiful when we can come together and share our own personal experiences.”

The mural — a permanent installation — will be located on the west side of Bro-Tex Inc., a building near the intersection of Hampden Avenue and Territorial Road. The live painting, which began on Wednesday, continues through Saturday.

The Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival is Minnesota’s longest and largest mural festival. Launched in 2019, they invited artists from around the world to create murals in the Creative Enterprise Zone in St. Paul, a city-recognized neighborhood. The NPO of the same name is committed to supporting creators and businesses in the neighborhood that runs along the Green Line at the intersection of University and Raymond avenues.

To celebrate the new mural, the festival is holding several events. On Saturdays, walking tours of the mural area will depart at 10 a.m. from Workhorse Coffee, 2399 University Ave. W., and an artist talk will be held at 7 p.m. at Urban Growler Brewing, 2325 Endicott St.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, the artists will host a meeting at the mural.

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