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A mural-a-thon in Black Rock

 The Black Rock community in the northwest section of Buffalo has long held great significance in the development of the Queen City. Despite being burned to the ground during the War of 1812, the area prospered and became a major point on the Underground Railroad due to its strategic location on the Niagara River. The community is now home to Rich Products, and international food production company and one of the city’s largest employers.

Now, with a large mural project, the community is celebrating its history, and its vibrant business and arts community that has sprang up during the past ten years. Located at 388 Amherst Street at the intersection with Grant, the pre-designed mural features a large tree with roots sprawling through the bedrock of the community, a metaphor for its growth and change over time. The tree’s leaves, made out of wood, will be designed by community members to express why they call this area home.

Work on the mural has already begun, but Friday, July 30 will begin a twenty-four-hour event to complete the upper portions of the artwork. “The Great 24-Hour Mural-Thon” will begin Friday evening at 9 p.m. and continue throughout the night, ending at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Participants don’t need to worry about sleeping outside if they grow tired during the night: The 464 Gallery, one of the event’s co-sponsors, will provide all who participate with complimentary refreshments, music, and a place to catch some rest, if needed. Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo (ELAB) and the Grant/Amherst Business Association have also joined together with the gallery to sponsor this event.

Marcus L. Wise of 464 Gallery and Marissa Lehner, both members of ELAB, developed this idea. If you’d like to participate in the mural-thon, just stop into the 464 Gallery, send Lehner an email at marissaclehner@gmail.com, or call Wise at 983-2112. More information can also be found at ELAB’s website, www.elabuffalo.com.

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