Vitality and Verve at The Long Beach Museum of Art

Yesterday we spent the afternoon with my in-laws at The Long Beach Museum of Art viewing the current show Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape. It is a fantastic show of street art and many of the large pieces were painted right on the museum walls! There is a fascinating video that goes along with the show (on the 2nd level) that captures the artists at work and the view of the ocean from up there is spectacular (bonus!). I think this show is perfect for anyone, any age and its on until October 25th. Here is a little peek at the show…there is so much more to it you have to just see for yourself!


My Little Allies by Audrey Kawasaki This was one of the first pieces I saw and was one of my favorites! I love the colors and the whimsical feel.

Too Many Names by Saber This piece is visually beautiful but also has a serious undertone. The artist wrote the names of 534 people killed by police in the US in 2015 to date, including local Long Beach teenager, Hector Morejon.

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Envelope by Brendan Monroe was gorgeous ( I am a sucker for black and white) and the perfect place to take a selfie!

Teef by Matt Small I loved the colors and mixed media used in this piece. It is soft yet powerful.

This was one of my favorite things all day. As a bonus, there are a bunch of murals all over the city of Long Beach that go along with the show. This one was done by Cryptik on the side of an apartment building on Alboni and 1st and it breathtaking! He had 2 beautiful pieces in the museum as well. Some of the others are:
Hueman and Madsteez Mural-JW Goodson’s Salon parking lot at 2205 E Broadway
Bumblebee Mural-Berlin Coffee House/Fingerprints Music on 4th St
Benjie Escobar Mural-City Hall East/Alamo Ct
Tristan Eaton and James Jean Mural-The Varden Hotel by The Birdcage Coffee Shop 335 Pacific.

Coming up on Friday Oct. 23rd is LBMA Afterdark. It’s $20 from 7-10pm and you can see the show and there will be DJ’s and a full bar.

Afterwards we ate at our new favorite place Padre. They have Happy Hour everyday from 4-8 and my favorites are the Watermelon Fizz, Fried Chicken Tacos, Brussel Sprouts, Fried Rice and Guacamole. Cheers!


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