TODAY: You can paint a downtown Fort Lauderdale building at Open Canvas Day

Painting Mural

The long-abandoned “One Stop Shop” building in downtown Fort Lauderdale is getting a new look thanks to a legion of local artists and volunteers who aim to cover the building’s gray walls with colorful new murals.

During Open Canvas Day – today, October 28, the general public is invited to join 50 muralists who will use paintbrushes and sprays on the neglected walls at 301 N. Andrews Avenue.

Anyone who wishes may paint for free, the art supplies will be provided onsite.

The building, which has been a eye-sore for the city will become a gigantic piece of public art.

The idea behind the Open Canvas Day is to beautify the building in time for the new Fort Lauderdale Brightline station which is located one block southwest and scheduled to begin service by the end of this year.

Due to the building’s high-visibility, the master designs for the murals were approved weeks ago. The overall concept is “an ode to childhood,” featuring larger-than-life flowers, butterflies, and playing children, according to the project’s coordinator.

The massive project, which covers a square bock, will be completed n three phases which will also coordinate with the nearby MASS Distric art walks. Tonight’s art walk s 7-11 p.m.

Additional Open Canvas Days are scheduled for 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, November 25, and Saturday, December 30.

Admission is free. For more information Call 954-336-6617 or go to the Facebook event page.

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