SHARON, Pa. – Painted portraits of legendary pop singers such as Billie Holiday and Frank Zappa now grace a brick wall in a downtown alley.
The outdoor gallery is the latest public art project of Random Acts of Artists, the Sharon-based collective of creative types.
Dubbed RAA Musicians Alley, it features portraits of 26 artists. The alley is off East State Street, across from Vine Street. The portraits, each 32 inches by 48 inches, are mounted on a wall of a building owned by Alec and Marcia Moyer.
The alley will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring performances by local musicians. The project was partially funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Stream Project issued through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The list of portraits also includes Maynard James Keenan, David Byrne, Elton John, David Crosby, Carole King, Etta James, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Marley, David Boie, Macy Gray, Janis Jopoin, Sade, John Lennon, Regina Carter, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Neil Peart, Jimi Hendrix, Dee Snider,Dan Avidan, David Peters and Bruce Springsteen.
“There is a wealth of talented artists in the area and all are eager to display their talents, especially during this pandemic when most of the galleries and art shows have been cancelled or are operating with limited hours of operation,” said Terry Polonsky, president of Random Acts of Artists.
Past public art projects by the organization in Sharon include the “Chose to Fly” mural on the Sharon Shopping Center, the Flower Garden Galleon West Connelly Boulevard, the Literary Garden at the Community Library of the Shenango Valley and the Gallery Garden in River Gardens Park.
Pictured above: Portraits of John Lennon, Regina Carter, Ray Charles and Leonard Cohen hang on a wall in a downtown Sharon alley, part of a new public art project by Random Acts of Artists.
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Posted Nov. 20, 2020.