VIDEO: Local artists talk about their new portraits for Metro Art’s ‘More People Than You Know’ series

On Tuesday, the artists behind Metro Art’s new portrait series, “More People Than You Know” gathered at the Willow Street Station of the A Line (formerly the Blue Line) to talk about how they chose each of their subjects.

Kristina Ambriz’ portrait of her daughter, Marsaili Epps, considers the next generation of A Line riders and the lessons they’ll have to learn along the way. LP Ǽkili Ross’ portrait of his wife, Misha, shows her gazing out a train window as a lone traveler. Bodeck Hernandez’ portrait is of his mother, who rode the Blue Line to and from work since the family moved to Long Beach from the Philippines in 2002.

Riders of the A Line will be able to see the art displayed on new digital kiosks installed at station platforms as well as on limited-edition TAP cards. After months of improvements, the A Line is set to officially reopen Saturday. Learn more about each of the artists and their pieces here.

“Kid” by artist Angela Willcocks displayed on a digital kiosk at a Metro A Line station. “Kid” is a portrait of Faith, who used to visit Willcocks with her mother at her shopfront studio in North Long Beach. Courtesy Metro Art.

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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.