These murals were painted in 1993 when this building was known as CAPA High School (Creative and Performing Arts), Pittsburgh’s equivalent of FAME. The first image has the signatures of the artists. What I love most about this mural is how Afro-Centric it is. It has images that show the beauty of Africa, both in terms of people and animals. The last piece with the African equivalent of deer didn’t turn out so well, and is not included. I mostly tried to only tweak the lights/shadows, allowing you to see the decline of the mural, yet the beauty of what it was. Hope I succeeded. It is located on Frankstown Avenue near the corner of Brushton Ave. There is a playground in the same location. This was previously Belmar Elementary and is now the Student Achievement Center (an alternative school).
No, I did not die. Nor have I been ill. I have been working hard on finishing a book project and planning and carrying out my mother’s 90th birthday celebration. I just didn’t have the time nor energy to work on this blog. I have continued taking photos, but did nothing with them. Today’s update includes the one I wrote about earlier but was unable to find. Fortunately, while looking for other things, I located it.
Since I last posted another one bit the dust. The building owner wanted to add windows to the building, so he painted over the mural. I almost cried when I saw that. I’ve re-posted that mural below so you know which one I speak of. The community was quite upset about this one going down, the owner promised to support local artists and the Sprout Fund. We’ll see if they keep that promise. There was an article about it in the Post-Gazette recently.
Have a very merry Christmas everyone. I’ll likely post something festive next week, then back to the mural project.
I was given an advance copy of Dandelions on the Road by Brooke Williams with the understanding that I would do a character review when I finished it. I really enjoy reading Brooke’s books because her characters are so much like normal folk. They are flawed, but yet are really good people. This book was a follow-up to Accept This Dandelion. The main character, Eva, was a contestant on a dating reality show called “Accept This Dandelion.” Eva didn’t win, but the producers decided to do a sequel. On the new show, Eva is the bachelorette with twelve men trying hard to become her next love. Brian, a TV newscaster, was asked to host the show. It was difficult for him, because he had feelings for Eva himself. I chose to interview Brian instead of Eva. The interview follows:
It’s so good to be here, thanks for having me!
You’ve seen her, right? She’s drop dead gorgeous. No man in his right mind wouldn’t fall for her. But forget about looks, she has a heart of gold and a personality to match. She’s the whole package. When I interviewed her for the TV new morning show, it was hard to get a coherent thought out. I was so taken by her beauty. But it was when I started to learn what she was all about that I really fell hard.
I was jealous. There’s no better word to describe it. Downright jealous and a half. It was torment. Not only because she was finding love with other people, but also because I knew I had my shot with her and I blew it. I’d known her for a year before the show came up. I could have asked out on many different occasions and I didn’t.
It was all Eva. Kate and I have a history. That’s no secret. She was one of my closest friends and for a long time, I considered her the one that got away. But there was space between my relationship with Kate and I realized she was right in the end. We weren’t right for one another. I was over Kate, but I was very much NOT over Eva at the time!
TV magic! And a little help from Eva’s co-workers. When I told them what I wanted to do, they were all on board. They didn’t know if Eva and I would end up together…and neither did I…but they wanted to give her the best shot at love possible and I guess they thought helping me would help the animals too, in the long run!
It was hard to breathe. She looked so alone and so tiny standing there all alone. I couldn’t get to her fast enough.
All of them! Ha! Eva was right when she said it’s hard not to think of them as your own once they live with you. I’ve held myself back on adopting because I still have my old cat Flash. When she passes, I’ll probably keep on and all! But for now, she is the only cat that gets to call my house her permanent home. That being said, it’s heart wrenching when some of the animals find permanent homes. Though I’m happy for them too.
By Brooke Williams
Release Date: November 5, 2015
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Twelve men…one woman…plenty of dandelions. Eva Merida has her life in order. She loves her job at the Furry Friends Rescue League and has a loving, supportive family. But she’s still missing that one special person to stand by her side. When she comes in third place on the local TV version of “The Bachelor,” entitled Accept this Dandelion, she nearly loses all hope for romance. Fortunately, the TV station decides to do a second season of the dating show…and they name Eva as the Bachelorette! With a plethora of dating mishaps recorded for TV, Eva finds herself falling for several men at once…including the show’s host. Will she find love at last or simply embarrass herself in front of the entire city?
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About the Author
Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Dandelions on the Road.” Brooke is also the author of ” Mamarazzi,” “Accept this Dandelion,” “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,” and “Beyond the Bars.” She even has children’s books on the market, such as “Shower in the Rain” and looks forward to releasing “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in June 2016 with Wee Creek Press. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (6) and Sadie (2).
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Note from the Author on the book’s inspiration:
I wrote “Accept this Dandelion” in a silly, sleep-deprived mood and thought that was it. But the characters in the book kept coming back to me, begging me to continue the story. Eventually, I listened, turned the tables, put a woman in charge, and created “Dandelions on the Road.” I got so much joy from writing it, I’m glad I did! Now I just hope those reading it get even half the pleasure I got from writing it.
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After the Final Dandelion
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Today’s murals are located behind Station Street Hot Dogs, which itself will soon cease to exist. It will remain a restaurant, but with a different name. They are not visible from the street, only from the busway. I went back there several years ago to shoot it, but only had two pieces of it, and had not labeled them, so I had to go find them again. This mural is another amazing project by the MLK Mural group, headed by the extremely talented Kyle Holbrook. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Kyle yesterday and after letting him know what a big fan I am, we discussed collaborating on a Pittsburgh mural book. I’m totally hyped.
So, you know how the best things in life are way closer than you think? This is the perfect example. I found a map of murals in Pittsburgh that was created by some amazing biker. When I looked at it, I noticed a location that is within walking distance of my house. Of course, I had to go check it out. It turned out to be, perhaps my favorite one of all. I cannot really show it to you in a way that does it justice. It’s as wide as half of a city block, painted in the loading dock of a huge warehouse. It is beautiful, positive, and just simply fun. I have included shots of the separate pieces, because that was the best I can do for now. There’s a cool message too. At first I didn’t get it, but when I looked at them from a different vantage point I did. I’m shaking my head at how something so very close was so easily missed.
There was once a beautiful mural on Penn Avenue in East Liberty, filled with music. That mural has since been
destroyed torn down in the name of progress. The other murals in today’s post are in the same area on buildings that are slated to be torn down soon. I realized that if I didn’t capture them soon, it would be too late. These are all located on Penn Avenue in the business district of East Liberty. Even the name, “East Liberty”, I fear, may soon cease to exist as well.