Art always prevails during a period of unrest and change. Incredible acts of creativity have bloomed all over Milwaukee in the past two weeks, including these new murals.
Artists Mauricio Ramirez and Chacho Lopez collaborated to create "Virgen de Guadalupe," a 30-feet-by-15-feet mural on Seventh and Lincoln Avenue. It is a block away from a mural Ramirez painted last month to honor healthcare workers during the pandemic.
"We have been talking about this project since 2017 and this this week we finally executed thanks to the help of local residents and the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation," Ramirez wrote on Facebook.
Check out this timelapse video that took 48 hours in real time:
This weekend, Lopez also began working on a mural on the side of South Sixth Street building overlooking the Conejito's parking lot called "Unity." He collaborated with Julian Correa, Adam Correa, Jon Murray, Oscar Lopez, Leonard Lopez, Andre Colbert, Jon Bartels, Chris Burke and Ben Davison. The mural is still in progress.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.