GALLERY: POW! WOW! mural fest takes over for fifth annual summer in Long Beach

We’ll be updating you each day with photos of POW! WOW! Long Beach, from portraits of artists and volunteers to dogs enjoying fine art to scenes of just being out and about this week. We want you to experience the fifth annual public art festival with us. In the meantime, make sure to check out our guide of all the events happening through Sunday, July 28 and learn more about the 20-plus artists participating this year here.

DAY 7: SATURDAY, JULY 27

Artist Alepsis Hernandez battles it out at KCRW’s Summer Nights dance party and closing POW! WOW! Long Beach celebration at The Promenade. Photo by Asia Morris.

Lots of guests used the giant hula hoops. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist JayJay Linayao participates in the art battle with an excited crowd looking on. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist Steve Martinez’ finished mural at The Packard. Photo by Jose Cordon.

Artist Bodeck Luna adding finishing touches to his mural at Drake Park. Photo by Jose Cordon.

ABCNT’s almost-finished piece for POW! WOW! Long Beach. Photo by Jose Cordon.

DAY 6: FRIDAY, JULY 26

The view from outside Port Long Beach during Fourth Fridays and POW! WOW! School of Photography’s inaugural show. Photo by Asia Morris.

Photos of artist Dina Saadi by Vanessa Tam for POW! WOW! School of Photography at Port LB. Photo by Asia Morris.

Viewers check out POW! WOW! School of Photography’s first show at Port LB. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist Caratoes works on her mural at 49th and Del Amo for POW! WOW! Long Beach. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist Caratoes’ mural in progress for POW! WOW! Long Beach on 49th Street and Del Amo. Photo by Asia Morris.

 

DAY 5: THURSDAY, JULY 25

Tidawhitney Lek uses mostly spray paint for her 100-foot canvas during POW! WOW! Long Beach Thursday, July 25, 2019. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Tidawhitney Lek works on her 100-foot canvas during POW! WOW! Long Beach Thursday, July 25, 2019. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Artist Bodeck Luna in front of his mural at Drake Park. Photo by Asia Morris.

Volunteer (and artist) Joey Stupor and another small but mighty volunteer help Bodeck Luna move paint supplies to his wall. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist Jason Keam smiles in front of his mural at Drake Park. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist Crisselle Mendiola in front of her mural at Drake Park. The monarch butterflies mimic the playground next door. Photo by Asia Morris.

So, crazy story. Never Made’s process involves adhesive stenciling, so when he went to pull those pieces off, they took years worth of paint layers off the wall, including his progress over the past few days. Turns out because Hoonigan is so close to the 710 freeway, the wall has a high Ph level, and that really stuck in a wrench in the process. Chemistry, man. Never Made will be returning in early August to finish his wall. Photo by Asia Morris.

 

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

Max Sansing stands in front of his mural. He said he will be done with his piece tomorrow (Thursday). Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Woes Martin paints his pandas on a huge wall located on the 900 block of Pine Ave. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Woes Martin pauses as he paints his pandas during POW! WOW! Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Tran Nguyen’s mural at 309 Pine Ave. Photo by Steve Lowery.

 

DAY 3: TUESDAY, JULY 23

A gas station frames the art of Allison Bamcat during POW! WOW! Long Beach. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Mexico City artist Hilda Palafox stands on the lift in front of her mural at 230 Redondo Ave. Photo by Asia Morris.

Hilda Palafox speaks with a volunteer as she works on her mural for POW! WOW! Long Beach at 230 Redondo Ave. Photo by Asia Morris.

Local artist Steve Martinez measures out his mural for POW! WOW Long Beach. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Steve Martinez walks past his mural at 205 E. Anaheim St. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Woes Martin waits out the heat as he stands in the shade before continuing his mural in Long Beach at 927 Pine Ave. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Artist Luise Ono writes her Instagram handle on her wall for POW! WOW! Long Beach at 800 Pine Ave. Photo by Asia Morris.

Tokyo-based artist Luise Ono mixes paint in front of her wall at Rose Park Roasters. Photo by Asia Morris.

 

DAY 2: MONDAY, JULY 22

Taiwanese artist Tsai Yi-Chang, commonly known as Debe, stands in front of his progress on Seaside Way and Hart Pl. Debe says he usually wears a mask because one, it’s a “graffiti art tradition” and two, being somewhat anonymous gives him the feeling of freedom. Photo by Asia Morris.

The beginning stages of Taiwanese artist Debe’s wall on Seaside Way and Hart Pl. Photo by Asia Morris.

Mindy Henderson (right) and Cambria Mackey deliver a Lola’s Mexican Cuisine lunch to POW! WOW! artists. Photo by Asia Morris.

POW! WOW! Worldwide founder Jasper Wong at the press preview hosted by Long Beach CVB at The Varden Hotel. Photo by Asia Morris.

Press, artists and fans gather in The Varden Hotel parking lot for the official kickoff of POW! WOW! Long Beach. Photo by Asia Morris.

POW! WOW! Long Beach board member and Long Beach Museum of Art director Ron Nelson and Intertrend CEO Julia Huang at The Varden Hotel. Photo by Asia Morris.

Seija Rohkea volunteers for PWLB every year, she also works at the Long Beach Museum of Art as preparator and exhibition coordinator. Photo by Asia Morris.

Adrian Gutierrez is a photographer for POW! WOW! He moved to Long Beach from New Jersey three years ago and said working for PLWB has made him feel a part of the local community. Photo by Asia Morris.

From left: Artists Dina Saadi, Kayla Mahaffey and Nat Iosbaker pose at the press event. Photo by Asia Morris.

DAY 1: SUNDAY, JULY 21

Visiting artist Dina Saadi poses in front of her work at the opening of “Movement,” curated by Thinkspace and POW! WOW! Long Beach at Bevel Group. Photo by Asia Morris.

Local artist Jason Keam’s “Unconditional Love” sculpture during the opening of “Movement.” Photo by Asia Morris.

Local artist Steve Martinez stands in front of his painting of a red-eyed Spotted Towhee, a species of sparrow that migrate up and down the West Coast from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, through the United States to Canada. While he doesn’t consider himself a political person, the dire situation at the border with immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. drove him to speak up with the only voice he feels he has, his artwork. The bird is a symbol, Martinez said; it’s small, brown, and loud. “Humans migrate naturally, migration is a natural thing,” he added. His mural for PWLB will also reflect this commentary. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artwork by Juane. Photo by Asia Morris.

Goop Masssta poses at “Movement,” which will be on view during the week noon to 5 p.m. through Pharmacy Board Shop at 327 Pine Ave. Photo by Asia Morris.

A husky gets excited about “Movement.” Photo by Asia Morris.

Painting by artist Drew Merritt at “Movement,” on view through Sunday, July 28. Photo by Asia Morris.

Cynthia Lujan poses in front of her progress on her mural for POW! WOW! Long Beach 2019. Photo by Asia Morris.

The supplies of an artist. Photo by Asia Morris.

Local artist Cynthia Lujan works on her mural inside the Third Street parking structure next to Harvey Milk Park in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Asia Morris.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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