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Florida will begin a statewide stay-at-home order at midnight, the governor announced Wednesday. New state data shows that the new coronavirus has resulted in 87 deaths in Florida, with 16 victims from Palm Beach County.
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Downtown Hollywood Mural Project
Downtown Hollywood Mural Project
So excited for you all to see the Joel Blenz aka TRAP mural documentation video at the American Legion Riders Post 92 that Pete Vahan filmed and edited!!! Extra special thanks to our sponsors Meg, Kathy, Durante Equipment and PPG Paints

Read more about the mural below:

February 2020 – The award-winning Downtown Hollywood Mural Project’s latest outdoor art installation holds a special significance for both the artist who created it and those who occupy the building it adorns.

The 60-by-20-foot mural, which depicts a waving American flag with a soldier proudly saluting, fittingly covers the main façade of the American Legion Post 92 building at 211 N. 21st Ave. The artist, Joel Blenz, is a Navy veteran.

Blenz’s mural – the latest large-scale work of art completed through the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP) – was unveiled on February 28th, 2020.

Blenz crafted the mural with wire, metal and paint to create a 3-D illusion of a real flag.

“As a Navy veteran, I think the idea of a realistic flag is symbolically powerful to show allegiance and strength for the U.S.,” said Blenz, a Queens, N.Y., native who served as a Navy aviation technician for six years out of high school.

After many years working in the banking industry, he quit to pursue a passion for art that he’d had since the age of 6.

“When you do what you love, what’s better than that?” Blenz said.

A self-taught artist, he began his career close to 40 years ago and transitioned to studio work about 10 years ago. While Blenz has created 40 to 50 murals, the patriotic piece, presented unique challenges because of the construction aspect, which required a staple gun and concrete staples to affix the wire and metal. Including Blenz’s work, the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project now boasts 26 outdoor murals.

“That’s what makes it fun,” he said, “It’s challenging. We’re taking our work to another level.”

Blenz was assisted in the project by his wife Alice Mizrachi, an artist who worked on another Downtown Hollywood mural – assisted by Blenz – in 2018.

Blenz and Mizrachi said the members of American Legion Post 92 have been very welcoming and are excited about the new mural.

“Joel knows what it’s like to serve his country. They treat him like their brother,” Mizrachi said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”

When asked what it was like to work with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency and the American Legion 92, Blenz responded, “Everyone just wants to find a way to help.” He added, “It’s just been an outstanding experience.”

Launched in August 2012 by the City of Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the mission of the DHMP is to beautify and add culture to the downtown area one wall at a time, transforming ordinary building façades into stunning works of art.

For more information about redevelopment projects, businesses and events in Hollywood’s Downtown and Beach Districts, call the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) at 954-924-2980 or visit www.hollywoodcra.org.

https://youtu.be/PT7i9QwvJeg
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So excited for you all to see the Joel Blenz aka TRAP mural documentation video at the American Legion Riders Post 92 that Pete Vahan filmed and edited!!! Extra special thanks to our sponsors Meg, Kathy, Durante Equipment and PPG Paints Read more about the mural below: February 2020 – The award-winning Downtown Hollywood Mural Project’s latest outdoor art installation holds a special significance for both the artist who created it and those who occupy the building it adorns. The 60-by-20-foot mural, which depicts a waving American flag with a soldier proudly saluting, fittingly covers the main façade of the American Legion Post 92 building at 211 N. 21st Ave. The artist, Joel Blenz, is a Navy veteran. Blenz’s mural – the latest large-scale work of art completed through the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP) – was unveiled on February 28th, 2020. Blenz crafted the mural with wire, metal and paint to create a 3-D illusion of a real flag. “As a Navy veteran, I think the idea of a realistic flag is symbolically powerful to show allegiance and strength for the U.S.,” said Blenz, a Queens, N.Y., native who served as a Navy aviation technician for six years out of high school. After many years working in the banking industry, he quit to pursue a passion for art that he’d had since the age of 6. “When you do what you love, what’s better than that?” Blenz said. A self-taught artist, he began his career close to 40 years ago and transitioned to studio work about 10 years ago. While Blenz has created 40 to 50 murals, the patriotic piece, presented unique challenges because of the construction aspect, which required a staple gun and concrete staples to affix the wire and metal. Including Blenz’s work, the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project now boasts 26 outdoor murals. “That’s what makes it fun,” he said, “It’s challenging. We’re taking our work to another level.” Blenz was assisted in the project by his wife Alice Mizrachi, an artist who worked on another Downtown Hollywood mural – assisted by Blenz – in 2018. Blenz and Mizrachi said the members of American Legion Post 92 have been very welcoming and are excited about the new mural. “Joel knows what it’s like to serve his country. They treat him like their brother,” Mizrachi said. “It’s a beautiful thing.” When asked what it was like to work with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency and the American Legion 92, Blenz responded, “Everyone just wants to find a way to help.” He added, “It’s just been an outstanding experience.” Launched in August 2012 by the City of Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the mission of the DHMP is to beautify and add culture to the downtown area one wall at a time, transforming ordinary building façades into stunning works of art. For more information about redevelopment projects, businesses and events in Hollywood’s Downtown and Beach Districts, call the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) at 954-924-2980 or visit www.hollywoodcra.org. https://youtu.be/PT7i9QwvJeg
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Zero Empty Spaces
Zero Empty Spaces - Beach Place #04
This empty space is empty no more!🙌

Recap video c/o Enterrupt Studios of the Grand Opening ReceptioZero Empty Spaces - Beach Place #04 location. Congratulations to inaugural resident artists Susie Vanessa of Enamor Creations, Vasilios Tryphonas II, & Vee Ramdeth.

Big thanks to City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steve Glassman for coming out + supporting our initiative and Thor Equities to make this a reality in activating our first vacant storefront on Fort Lauderdale Beach in historic #BeachPlace. .

#ZeroEmptySpaces (#ZES) aims to revitalize empty spaces and areas around venues by providing inexpensive studio space for artists in addition to bringing thoughtful, high caliber art installations with accompanying programs that are free to the public with the goal of expanding the audience of contemporary art and helping to create a thriving cultural community throughout South Florida.

Know someone with a vacant commercial space? Interested in getting involved? Log on to www.zeroemptyspaces.com or email info@zeroemptyspaces.com to discuss further! #Choose954
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Zero Empty Spaces
This empty space is empty no more!🙌 Recap video c/o Enterrupt Studios of the Grand Opening ReceptioZero Empty Spaces - Beach Place #04 location. Congratulations to inaugural resident artists Susie Vanessa of Enamor Creations, Vasilios Tryphonas II, & Vee Ramdeth. Big thanks to City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steve Glassman for coming out + supporting our initiative and Thor Equities to make this a reality in activating our first vacant storefront on Fort Lauderdale Beach in historic #BeachPlace. . #ZeroEmptySpaces (#ZES) aims to revitalize empty spaces and areas around venues by providing inexpensive studio space for artists in addition to bringing thoughtful, high caliber art installations with accompanying programs that are free to the public with the goal of expanding the audience of contemporary art and helping to create a thriving cultural community throughout South Florida. Know someone with a vacant commercial space? Interested in getting involved? Log on to www.zeroemptyspaces.com or email info@zeroemptyspaces.com to discuss further! #Choose954
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We have got to get this message out and we really need everyone to heed the warning. The last thing we need are more sewer line breaks. Please - the only thing that should be flushed down the toilet is toilet paper.
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Did you miss @the_guild_fl's Shaun William's #CreativeZen talk last month?!? Well we've got you covered c/o @limedigitalagency's replay on our FB & @choose954 #Youtube page!
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AAF CreativeZen was born out of a desire for the local AAF Greater Fort Lauderdale & the Palm Beaches chapter of the American Advertising Federation & Choose954 to inspire and engage with our local creative community. Every Creative Zen event includes complimentary coffee and breakfast bites before a short inspiring and thought provoking talk during the second Friday morning of the month. All Creative Zen events are free of charge and open to the community, being creative or a member of the Advertising Federation is not required! #AAFCreativeZen
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LOCATION: The Guild - Urban Craft & Folk Art School, 205 NW 16th St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060, @the_guild_fl
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For more info on the event and the American Advertising Federation & our local chapter, log on to: .
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http://www.aafsfl.org/creative-zen.html
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
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The Artistic Director, Head Blacksmith and Founder of The Guild, Urban Craft & Folk Art School and Dark Angel Armory and Forge.
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His passion for metalworking started at an early age when he became involved in medieval reenactment and stage combat choreography; making his own period authentic armor and weapons. Following the natural progression of metalworking and his search for a more efficient and effective way of moving steel he segued into the art of black-smithing. Dark Angel Armory & Forge was officially born.
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Shaun has traveled extensively to broaden his metalworking talents, studying with Hungarian, Italian and Czech masters of his trade.
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