The Carswell family will host a ‘not-so-grand opening night’ to showcase a collection of urban art and plans for a diverse entertainment center
EVERET, Wash., May 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Carswell Family, Home to the Nation’s Largest Collection of Urban Art and Graffiti, to Host Not So Grand Opening Party 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, on May 11 to preview their plans for the Apex Art Center which, when completed, will house one of the world’s largest collections of urban art and graffiti and serve as a versatile entertainment destination. This private collection has never been seen in public before.
John Carwell plans to transform and revitalize the former 30,000 square foot building of the Knights of Columbus, Civic Center and Club Broadway into a vibrant multi-use entertainment center that will include an urban art museum and beautiful large spaces for public use .
“For over a decade, our passion has been building this collection,” said John Carwell. “By their very definition, graffiti and street art are painted and temporary until we sponsor them to record their work on canvas. I’m thrilled to announce our new home to share this huge collection with our community and the world.”
The Carswells spent over a decade connecting with artists and amassed thousands of pieces – now called the Dog-Town Collection – forming arguably the largest collection of street art and graffiti in the world. More than 100 selections from the collection will be exhibited during the “Not So Grand Opening Party”.
The chief among them will be The Opus of Influence, a 105′ x 10′ canvas featuring large, exciting multicolored creative splashes of contemporary graffiti in portraits and cityscapes that echo their origins in downtown Los Angeles. The opus of influence is the result of the collaboration of 49 artists brought together by the Carswells in a sunny field in the Pacific Northwest. Original signature pieces and well-known expressions are combined with flourishes of shape and color to become one of the largest artist collaborations of its kind in the world.
Partygoers can also see the award-winning documentary “Prophets, Teachers and Kings”, a 65-minute film that documents the creation of The opus of influence. Many artists tell their own stories of their rise from juvenile delinquency to urban art infamy in the film. The film appeared at 26 film festivals around the world and won numerous international awards, including Best Producer at the New York Winner of the film and feature documentary festival at the Florence Film festival. The documentary is ready for theatrical distribution and streaming properties.
Carswell added: “Our intention is to showcase this fantastic collection and event space at Everett, which will serve as the hometown of the Dog-Town Collection. It will be a wonderful evening of celebration bringing the collection together and its perfectly fitting new home.”
Contact: Celia Morant
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