Painter, muralist and musician Ed Trask has been filling the city with art since I met him in the mid-’80s. Me? I was more concerned about ducking cops while we screw-gunned his paintings onto abandoned downtown buildings than thinking there might be a future for our illegal activity other than jail time. If either of us had known that someday he’d be organizing a legal street mural project with the blessing of our adopted city, we wouldn’t have believed it. But that’s the funny thing about life — with enough hard work, dedication and persistence, sometimes dreams do come true. The RVA Street Art Festival is a four-day celebration and creation of urban art. Organized by Trask and recently elected City Councilman Jon Baliles, it features dozens of local, national and international muralists coloring the city with their artistic visions. The festival kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m., at the former GRTC depot at 101 S. Davis Ave., along West Cary Street. The schedule for this urban feast for the eyes is at rvastreetart.com. — Chris Bopst
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