Twelve artists are collaborating on Asbury Park boardwalk beautification project

Porkchop's "Ruthie & Andre," is the newest artistic addition to the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Courtesy of Christian Boho via Asbury Park Press

Porkchop’s “Ruthie & Andre,” is the newest artistic addition to the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

Asbury Park is working hard to preserve its reputation as an artistic community through Sea Change AP, a local initiative that beautifies historic landmarks with a broad range of painted murals.

At the abandoned Sunset Pavilion building — just north of Convention Hall — the 2016 Wooden Walls Mural Project is underway on Asbury Park Boardwalk. Utilizing the talent of 12 artists (six from New Jersey and six from elsewhere), the venture will see sanctioned sections of the building’s walls come to life with unique hand painted murals.

“As a curator for this project, it’s my job to bring art to people who wouldn’t ordinarily wander into a gallery,” explained series co-creator Jenn Hampton of Parlor Gallery to the Asbury Park Press. “And I wanted to make sure there was a well-rounded vision or cross section of artists that the public won’t find too niche or experimental.”

So far there are five murals on the building from artists Tony “Rubin” Sjöman, Pau Quintanajornet, Bradley Hoffer, James Vance and Mike “Porkchop” La Vallee, who work from morning to evening and sometimes into the night!

@beachcruisermag catching local artist @porktomic creating more magic a few days ago. #porktomic #asburypark #asburyparkboardwalk #asbury

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