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#art 802 BURLINGTON ART THAT'S OUTSIDE THE BOX BY RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES Independent politicians, snowboarding icons and counterculture ice cream barons all call Vermont home. Not surprisingly, freethinking artists are also part of our mix. You can view their work in local galleries and museums, of course — see “Culture Club” on page 37 for our top seven spots. But look closely, and you’ll start to realize that art is all around you, from graffiti by the train tracks to murals spread across buildings downtown. Want to see for yourself? Start with this guide to unexpected art, pop-ups and other eye-opening cultural experiences. Find more artistic adventures — and tag your own — with the #art802 hashtag on social media.
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Anthill doesn’t just make murals — it also brings outside artists to town. Those include Venice Beach’s famed Jules Muck, who memorialized Muhammad Ali at the MAWUHI AFRICAN MARKET in the Old North End. If you feel like venturing a little farther while making the public art rounds, check out CLARK DERBES’ TRUCK LOT “gallery” off of Pine Street. It’s a veritable graveyard of tractortrailors decked out in spray paint and marker. Then head inside for the bimonthly shows produced by arts collective STEAK FRITES. Venue Signal Kitchen describes the
Clark Derbes’ Truck Lot
Walk down Burlington’s Main Street, and you’ll easily locate the colorful, graffiti-inspired A-DOG MURAL. Local artist group ANTHILL COLLECTIVE created it to memorialize beloved local DJ and artist Andy “A-Dog” Williams, who died in 2013 after a yearlong fight against leukemia. (A-Dog is also the namesake of Burlington’s new skate park, located just off the Burlington Bike Path.) Look for the mural in the alleyway between Nectar’s and Esox, and other Anthill Collective works everywhere from ArtsRiot to Centennial Field.
Mawuhi African Market