About The Landing Walls Mural Project

In a project organized by local artist Nicole Holderbaum and The Jacksonville Landing, seven Jacksonville artists came  together to paint new murals in a hall of The Landing to be known as “The Landing Walls”.

The artists were selected through an application process, which Holderbaum organized and directed. The artists were selected based on creativity of concept and uniqueness of style by Holderbaum and Landing Management. The artists selected for the 2017 Landing Walls project are: Leo Hearn, Ingrid Yuzly Mathurin, Martin Torres, Halsi, Rachelle Terry, Brook Ramsey and Tatiana Kitchen.

Artists began painting their murals on Wednesday, April 19th. The unveiling celebration of The Landing Walls will be during the Front Porch at Art Walk on Wednesday, May 3rd.

The Landing Walls Mural Project is sponsored by Sleiman Enterprises and The Jacksonville Landing.

For more information about this project and the artists involved please visit the Facebook Page and follow the journey on Instagram.

About the Artists

“Janus” by Leo Hearn | Leohearnsartwork@gmail.com | @leohearn

In life we are constantly confronted with decisions. Situations where we are forced to choose between right and wrong. To decide to be positive or negative. These forks in the road is where Janus is found. The Greek god of gateways and passages. The voice that directs us in times of judgement. One face looking to the past and one looking toward the future. Here, the vision of the past is chaotic while the vision of the future is steady and encouraging.

“New To You” by “Tilin” Martin Torres | martorres.info@gmail.com | @til.in

I was raised on a farm in Mexico where, surrounded by the animals in nature, I felt more one with myself. Time moved more slowly and the vibrations felt higher. Living in America I see and feel the ego fueled world and society that humans have created, and I think this is represented by the chaos in my pieces. The only suggestion of constructed imagery that occurs through my artwork happens on a subconscious level, and the dots are connected throughout the process of production. Once the piece is complete the story unfolds, a story woven by the vibrations of my being and completed for us all to interpret in our own, and collective ways.

“Back Track, Then Relapse” by Halsi | Halsixhalsi.tumblr.com | @secret.halsi | @secret_halsi

I paddle upstream to emerge myself in the art. My mural is the best possible representation of this struggle. I created this mural for the newborn baby residing inside of me. I peek out with a paint brush in my hand and the color scheme of a ninety’s child in my eyes. I paint how I feel like someone like me shouldn’t paint like. I love contrast. The idea of contrasting something to the full extent of the word.

Tatiana Kitchen | tatianak947@gmail.com | @phoenixaaart

The concept of my piece is to bring awareness to climate change, deforestation in particular. The child is a representation of hope for the future, along with the seeds of hope that flow from his hand and have begun to sprout. The entire piece may seem to represent a grim future at first glance, but life is also represented throughout to show that there is always a chance for societies destructive ways towards the planet to cease. As children of the earth, it is never too late to nurture and attempt to heal the damage that has been done to our world.

Rachelle Terry | rachelleterrygallery@gmail.com | @rachelleterryart

My art celebrates femininity and the power of female beauty.  The women in my pieces are designed to be both ethereal and alluring in appearance, with their long, flowing hair and piercing eyes.  They are placed in dreamlike worlds that use color and elemental imagery to evoke certain emotions from the viewer and draw them in.  From within these worlds, the women gaze directly at the viewer, both beckoning and captivating them.

Ingrid Yuzly Mathurin | www.yuzly.com | ingrid@yuzly.com | @yuzlymathurin

I was inspired to paint this piece because of some recent violence that took place in the community involving young African American teenagers. I wanted to show the positive aspect of the youth from what else I see in my community. My community is filled with young, energetic, creative & loving energy. The portrait I painted represents the beauty and positive energy that exists in the urban community. Peace & Love.

“Eyes of Venice” by Brook Ramsey | caity11blue220@aol.com | @brook.ramsey

I am an artist from PA who left home with big dreams of finding a place that fits me, and my life, and that pursuit brought me here. I have encountered so many people who have traveled from vastly different locations and cultures, each with their own unique story. I created this piece wanting to capture the essence of finding a place that anyone can become unique part of, and create something that evokes embracing change and exploration.

About the literary artists

Johnny Masiulewicz | “Janus” by Leo Hearn | jmasiulewicz@yahoo.com

Johnny Masiulewicz is author of the poetry collection ‘Professional Cemetery’ (Puddin’head Press) and creator of the ‘Happy Tapir’ zine series. His work has appeared in a variety of literary journals, sites and anthologies including ‘Curbside Review’, ‘The Main Street Rag’, ‘Third Wednesday’, ‘Nerve Cowboy’ and ‘The Alembic’. A native Chicagoan, he now lives and works in St Johns, FL.

Full literary piece HERE.

Spencer Rooney | “New To You” by “Tilian” Martin Torres | Spencerooney904@gmail.com

Spencer Rooney was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 9th, 1990. He has three brothers, two older and one younger. Their family moved a few times before settling in Jacksonville, Florida in 2000. Spencer attended middle school at LaVilla School of the Arts, and received his high school diploma from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts with a focus in music and more specifically Alto Saxophone. He paused to smell the roses for some time, but eventually got back to his studies and recently graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree of communication and a minor in photography. Spencer is now a freelance writer for Void magazine and Folio Weekly.

Full literary piece HERE.

 Laura Minor | “Back Track, Then Relapse” by Halsi

Laura Minor is a Jacksonville native and splits her time between writing in Jacksonville and teaching in Tallahassee. She is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Writers Spotlight Award at Florida State University, chosen by D.A. Powell. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Berfrois, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Hobart, and Spring Gun Press. She was a Teacher’s College Fellow at Columbia University, the recipient of the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Award (where she received her M.F.A. in poetry), and a finalist for Steel Toe Books & Pudding House Press.  As a singer-songwriter, Minor is also currently working on a third record (forthcoming in fall 2017) as she finishes her debut book of poems as a doctoral candidate in poetry at Florida State University.

Full literary piece HERE.

 Yvette Angelique | Tatiana Kitchen

Yvette Angelique is a poet-essayist, teaching artist and narrative inquiry practitioner in applied behavioral science. As a long time arts and business entrepreneur, she uses narrative tools to lead personal and social change. Yvette serves as Regional Envoy for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.

Full literary piece HERE.

Tangela Floyd | Rachelle Terry

Tangela is formerly a pricing and profitability manager for CHF, the mortgage subsidiary of JPMorganChase. She is currently the executive director for Young Minds Building Success Charities. She is author of “Can I Speak”, “Eve of a New Nation”, and the children’s book “Jump Manya”. Tangela is a poet, storyteller, and lecturer. She has performed across North America, Europe, and Africa.

Full literary piece HERE.

Tim Gilmore | Ingrid Yuzly Mathurin

Tim Gilmore is the author of 14 books including Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray’s Unholy Trinity, The Mad Atlas of Virginia King and In Search of Eartha White. He recently adapted his book Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic into a play produced by FSCJ DramaWorks. He’s the author of nearly 350 stories at jaxpsychogeo.com and the creator of JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida and teaches writing at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Full literary piece HERE.

Fred Dale | “Eyes of Venice” by Brook Ramsey | fdale@unf.edu

Fred Dale was born on April 9, 1965 in New Orleans. He is now a senior instructor at The University of North Florida where he also studied.

Full literary piece HERE.