O+ Festival is the name of an annual art, music, and wellness festival in Kingston New York that began in 2010. Most of the murals in this post were painted as part of that festival. But not all of the murals in Kingston are included – my apologies to those left out – but I will be back!
Bright and bold Kingston, but down an alley where it’s hard to see all at once.
below: This mural was painted by Jess Snow and Jia Sung and is titled “Oh Wind, Take Me to my Country”. It is a portrait of Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo and was inspired by one of her poems.
below: “Late Summer Kill Swim” by Samantha French and Aaron Hauck. Apparently the word ‘kill’ is a reference to the local Hudson Valley swimming holes.
below: “LIfted” by Lindsey Wolkowicz and Dillon Paul, 2018. Women and girls girls working together to lift each other up.
below: Thorneater Comics painted this sturgeon in 2015.
below: “Pretty Nose and Dakota Unity Riders” by LMNOPI (aka Lopi LaRoe). Pretty Nose was an Arapaho woman war chief who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. It is said that she lived to be 101 years old.
below: “Native Americans Discover Columbus” by Lady Pink
below: “Shadow Guide/Shadow Self” by Dina Kravtsov and Matthew Schulze, 2018
below: On one of the exterior walls of Keegan Ales is a mural painted by John Breiner in 2016. “From the Ground Up” has faded a bit over the past few years but there is a photo of it in its former glory on the artist’s website.
below: Another mural on Keegan Ale buildings – this one was painted by Jack Dishel and Vor138 in 2014.
below: Letting the imagination run wild as boys and girls read books in “Fishbone” by Eugene Stetz Jr., 2016
below: “Sun/Moon” by Enz.
below: “Shadows of our Ancestors” by La Morena (aka Lucinda Yrene Hinojos) , with help from Cesar Castaneda, 2018. The mural depicts the artist’s grandmother, daughter, and niece participating in a healing ceremony while the hummingbirds represent her spirit animal.
below: “Flight Sequence”, an owl in flight, by Justin Suarez, 2017
below: A tribute mural by Jalani Lion and Donny Mapes; In memory of Adam (Jeff) McQueen, Kaireem Meeks Jr, Dante Crump, Jonte Clark, and Jeffrey D’Aguilar, painted in 2015.
More Kingston NY murals
Photos taken July 2022