Florida Artists Inspire Hope for the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
September 2019 – After the devastating destruction by Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas the people living there needed some help and last but not least, HOPE. One unique response to the storm’s destruction and the suffering of the Bahamian people was a group of Florida Artists which came together to supply some “hope” to the Bahamas AND called it “ART FOR ABACO.” (@artforabaco) According to the organizer of Art for Abaco, Lander Talbott, the Bahamas and Florida are neighbors and share a common heartfelt bond. Talbott said, “Most of us have been going to the Bahamas for our entire lives and have a lot of friends out there, so there was an intense personal drive to help.”
Lander Talbott has been traveling often to Grand Bahama and the Abacos after the Cat 4 Hurricane Dorian destroyed the islands. Talbott has been helping the devastated islands as much as possible by filling up containers full of supplies which were donated by local communities. Other organizations, charity groups and individuals all over Florida came together to send prayers, supplies and relief workers to the Bahamas. All the aid sent to the Bahamian people has been sent with straightforward positive motives but nothing compared to the way Art for Abaco did with their style and art.
The whole concept of Art for Abaco came to Talbott after he saw a simple drawing spray painted as a heart shaped design on a shipping container going to the Bahamas loaded with supplies. Talbott decided to bring his artists friends together to create some cool art. Right away he called artist, Dave “DaveL” Lavernia and the McCulley Marine Services to get the ball rolling.
Later Dave created a 40 foot mural and decided to post it on his Instagram. Dave’s mural circulated IG and inspired several other ARTISTS to COLLABORATE on the Art for Abaco project. Right away Talbott was able to invoke other artists for the project. And even more important Talbott secured two important and much needed sponsors, Florida Paints and McCully Marine for a generous 10 shipping containers to use for the collaborating artists.
After careful planning and preparation all the artists, family and friends gathered together early at the designated marina. There were 10 shipping containers ready for the artists to transform into beautiful masterpieces. Each shipping container was the same as a blank canvas ready to receive spray paint and the creative ideas of each artist. By the end of the day each dull shipping container was transformed into murals of color, symbolism, beauty and most important HOPE. These beautiful and amazing artistically painted containers would soon be on their way filled with much needed supplies to Treasure Cay, Man-O-War Cay, and Hope Town.
At the end of the long day, Talbott was amazed at all the hard work and dedication to the project by all the artists and the supportive friends and family. Talbott said, “The whole experience of the event was moving. Everyone came out smiling and all doing anything needed to help out. There was so much camaraderie throughout this whole week of planning and execution, it was special for sure. There are so many people to thank.”
The Bahamian people needed to rebuild their lives and these containers Talbott and the Artists organized will remain in the Bahamas to act as temporary housing and storage. Each painted container will inspire a sense of hope and dignity as they remain on the islands covered in beautiful painted images.
THE ARTISTS AND COLLABORATORS
Thanks to @landerdotcom for securing sponsors.
Thanks to @sirstevealot aka Jimmy “Buff-it” for your hard work buffing containers.
Thanks to @imjustlivinmike for keeping all us artists fed and hydrated.
Thanks to @ellieaugust and your family for getting us all the buff paint we needed.
Thanks to all the Awesome Artists: @cpwon @bulk_styles @phdgraphitti @remoteroc @emo_561 @syfer_mag @chnkfondue @hieroveiga @erickarbeling @tackz_am7_tsl
for their talented and hard work transforming dull metal containers into beautiful works of art so the Bahamian people could feel a sense of beauty in the midst of destruction and reassuring them that they have support from their Florida neighbors that their islands will be beautiful again.
– DaveL Art (See Photo Below)
For more details about @davel_art – Check him out here.
ARTIST // Claudio Picasso
“Here are pics from just some of the work done over the weekend now headed to The Bahamas. Shipping containers filled with relief supplies for Abaco were personalized by South Florida artists. Big thanks to @landerdotcom and @davel_art for helping to put it all together #artforabaco #fortpierce #bahamasstrong #conch #shippingcontainer #streetart #spraypaint #mural #cp1”
For more details about @cpwon – Check him out here.
ARTIST // Tackz
“Several weeks ago, Hurricane Dorian was on the war path & us South Floridians dodged a bullet. However, Grand Bahama & Abaco weren’t so fortunate & were utterly devastated. Much of the islands were literally wiped off of the map & the good people & animals there are in desperate need of pretty much everything. In response to this crisis, Jack McCulley (McCulley Marine), @landerdotcom & @ellieaugust came together to organize & ship many tons of donated supplies of food, water, tools, clothing, generators, pampers, fuel, building materials etc etc to the islands.
And what started as an idea to paint one of the bland containers by @davel_art quickly tuned into an all out & last minute effort to beautify all 10 by numerous South Florida artists.”
“I can’t express how happy I am to have been a part of this great effort!”
For more details about @tackz_am7_tsl – Check him out on IG.
ARTIST // PHD Graffitti
“Had a great time painting shipping containers for Bahamas hurricane relief. They will filled with supplies, delivered and left for use on the islands. Thank you @davel_art @landerdotcom @ellieaugust for putting this together and having me. Shout out all the other dope artists who participated.” @remoteroc @emo_561 @bulk_styles @chnkfondue @tackz_am7_tsl @davel_art @cpwon @hieroviega and @erickarbelling
For more details about @phdgraphitti – Check him out here.
ARTIST // Chkfodue
“Had a great time with some homies just doing what we do best. This was a great experience and I am thankful to have been apart of it. Big shout out to @davel_art @landerdotcom @ellieaugust @artforabaco they are accepting donations all week Monday thru Friday 11-1. Dm @landerdotcom to get the details.”
For more details about @chnkfondue – Check him out on IG.
ARTIST // Eric Karbeling
“Decided to paint an angel fish since the only time I’ve seen one was snorkeling in the Bahamas and an angel fit perfectly with the project’s goals and mission. The containers and have been loaded up with supplies, put onto a barge and are en route to the Bahamas. They will be used as permanent structures on the island for anything needed while adding some color. Will be posting a full video of the experience soon! Thanks so much to everyone involved in making this happen!!”
For more details about @erickarbeling – Check him out here.
ARTIST // Bulkstyles
For more details about @bulk_styles – Check him out here.
ARTIST // Eduardo Mendieta
“I had a great time painting this shipping container for Art for Abaco, Bahamas hurricane relief. They will be filled with supplies, delivered and left for use on the islands. Thank you @davel_art @landerdotcom @ellieaugust for putting this together and having me.”
For more details about @emo_561 – Check him out here.
ARTIST // Remoteroc/Sprayskull
“Once again it’s on w my dude @hieroveiga /// he and I and a gang of other artists spent this past Sunday painting shipping containers in Fort Pierce for Bahamas relief efforts. These containers will be filled with much needed supplies for the people in the Bahamas. The containers will then be left on the islands for use as shelter and or storage. Happy and grateful to have taken part in the project and hopefully brighten someone’s day w our efforts. /// Huge thanks goes out to @landerdotcom @artforabaco @davel_art and @ellieaugust for organizing the undertaking. Thanks also to all the locals that came out to support throughout the day. Big up all the other artist that rocked as well @phdgraphitti @emo_561 @bulk_styles @chnkfondue @cpwon @erickarbeling @tackz_am7_tsl @davel_art @syfer_mag and more to come. #artforabaco #bahamasrelief #bahamasreliefeffort #remoteroc #hieroveiga”
For more details about @remoteroc – Check him out here.
ARTIST // Hiero Veiga
For more details about @hieroveiga – Check him out here.