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The Story of Art in America (2020) Episode 6: Everett, Washington

Updated: Aug 5, 2023



The Story of Art in America

Everett’s a canvas for nation’s most talented graffiti artists

"Paintings of two young faces cover the back of the building. Between them, the word “FOREVER” is painted in bright orange, pink and green.


Forever
Forever

Stars surround the graffiti portraits of Breonna Taylor and Jatarius Tolbert.

Jatarius looks toward the sky. The painting is based on a photo from his obituary. His mother owns the restaurant inside the building, Grandma’s in da Kitchen. It’s at the corner of Hewitt Avenue and Marine View Drive.

Sharon Tolbert fell to her knees when she saw the painting of her son.

“I couldn’t believe it, I just started crying, there was my baby,” she said. “That was one of the best days I could truly speak to. It’s such a blessing to go out in the back and have him with me.”

The mural was completed during an event called Grill and Chill, where about 60 graffiti artists from around the U.S. visited Everett for a few days in the summer. It was co-hosted by Jason Grim, owner of Everett’s JAG ArtWorks, and a graffiti group called Graffaholeks Northwest..." from the article: Everett’s a canvas for nation’s most talented graffiti artists



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