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Gainesville Art Initiative 352walls Enters Second Season

As 352walls moves into its second year, the leaders of the effort to bring artists to Gainesville for public painting projects are looking to make improvements over the previous year.

The program has more structure than its first year and now has a curatorial committee, said Raquel Vallejo, 352walls project coordinator.

The initiative is also looking to work closely with the University of Florida's School of Art and Art History to add an educational aspect to 352walls.

“The students are eager to know, learn about and practice urban street art,” Vallejo said.

Every featured artist will get involved with the Gainesville community and the student body by hosting a lecture, master class or hands-on workshop.

The current featured artist, David Zayas, held a mural workshop on Friday at the teaching wall at Leonardo’s 706, right next to the mural Zayas is working on.

Brian Adam Douglas will be the next featured artist. He'll be in town from Nov. 14 to 20, and he's set to hold a wheat-pasting master class on Nov. 18 that will emphasize approach, technique and materials at the teaching wall.

Lindsey is a reporter for WUFT News. She can be reached at or 352-392-6397.