Photographs by John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
In the celebration of Juneteenth becoming a national holiday,“The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when PresidentJoe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law (Wikipedia)”, I would like to congratulate the event by posting the, All Black Lives Matter, mural on Halsey Street, Newark, NJ. The mural is located in front of Hahne & Company building. It is in the same block as our building. On Saturday, June 27, 2020, John and I step out of our building, seeing people working on the mural. We both ran inside the house and took our equipment; John had his camera and I had my camcorder to record in video and photographs. John was very clever; he went onto the flat roof of our building and was able to view and take photographs of the whole length of the mural. I videoed and photographed the event on the street from the beginning to the end of the mural. We enjoyed seeing the activity. All types of people, Black, White, Brown and others joining together to accomplish the meaningful mural “All Black Lives Matter”.
For the occasion of the “All Black Lives Matter” mural, which was in the process of being made, I asked my husband, John Watts to display my two artworks of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi on our shop gate. Both of these great leaders were practitioners of equal rights and non-violence which was the essence of the event.
This is a lady who lives in one of the Hahne’s apartments. Her living room is opposite our building, and she came down to view my artworks close up.
The mural was successfully achieved. Everyone who participated was happy. The mural is the evidence of all humanity organizing and helping one another. This expresses a need to accomplish the same goal as Equal Rights for all, recognizing that no person or race, should be abused or treated as less valued than others.
John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, June 29, 2021
LGBTQ Youths Comment on Ing’s Peace Project & the
Photographs at Military Park on Friday, June 28, 2019
I took my grandson to ride his bicycle in the park on Friday, June 28, 2019, I saw two models, photographers and others. They were taking pictures for the LGBTQ events by Wisetastie Productions. Gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shadow of Peace and LGBTQ youths
from Hetrick-Martin Institute in Newark, NJ, comments on “What does Peace
mean to you?” during fall and winter 2012, organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro,
bilingual counselor. Finished artwork, after the written comments
by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Link to LGBTQ Youth at
LGBTQ Youth At Hetrick-Martin Institute
Ing’s Peace project and LGBTQ Youth
At Hetrick-Martin Institute, Newark, NJ
Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”
And artworks, during fall and winter 2012
Organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor
I love flowers, they are
beautiful. I wait for the weather to change till spring then I can go to
my backyard garden. I cultivate my garden seeing the plants rising and
growing each day. Then the magic will come when the flowers show up to
greet me. I can spend hours in my little garden. To keep the beauty
of these flowers in winter when I long to see them I take a lot of
pictures. Thanks to the evolution of digital cameras I can take the
photographs and print to give to friends or make a slide show or movie.
When I sat wanting
to compose the finished artwork from the LGBTQ youth comments poster I thought
of something beautiful. I want this group of youths to feel beautiful just
like my beautiful flowers. When we feel beautiful then we feel good.
As long as we feel happy we can do a lot of things no matter what some
Below are the sections
of my finished artwork that show the written comments from the LGBTQ youth on
“What does Peace mean to you?” on my Peace Project Poster that accompanies
beautiful flower images that I took from our backyard garden.
as much as you can
to be independent
ask when you need help
yourself as much as you can
help the others as much as you can
long as you try your best
you will be worthwhile
kind and be happy
you are beautiful
are all beautiful
we are all equal
your life in a harmonious and peaceful way
you are beautiful to me
Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, March 28, 2013, 10:25 pm
simple things around you
luxury life styles
more concerned with conservation
Be generous and kind
Broaden your knowledge
and do your best
Understand things beyond yourself
you are still dissatisfied
sleep and after your rest
again the next day
Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 4:38 pm
will be no Peace
the scale of justice
are always reasons for oppressors
put others down
one time women could not own property
could not vote
slaves of all races could be sold like cattle
others historically were also treated wickedly
our brains and our knowledge
progress and change
Rights is for all
equality is for all
will bring peace to the world
Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:03 am
I am glad to know Gabby. I
appreciate her help bringing my Peace Project to the LGBTQ youth. I even
more appreciate her enthusiastic helping to educate the youth. It
requires a special kind of person to undertake the work that she does.
Thanks for the
attachments. I do love your composition about the LGBTQ youth. Your
writing helps the readers to understand the lives of this group of youths and
how they can get themselves into bad situations and become homeless. My
love and my heart go out to these youths. The help that you and your
organization offer to these youngsters is to be complimented and should be
recognized as a good example for others to follow.
I am glad that you have
the finished peace project artwork framed and exhibited.
Please let me know if
you would like to work on my peace project with the new classes and the new
group of youngsters again.
I hope you enjoy your
summer. Please stop by when you are near our shop.
PS. I hope you do not mind;
I posted your responses to my email on my website.
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These photos taken at the Astoria NYC, street art festival, are intended to reflect a relationship between the art, the people and their environment. I view street art as an ongoing theatrical event requiring all three elements to become a truly complete experience.
John and I went to Astoria, Queens, NYC, New York on the previous Sunday, June 26, 2016 to view the latest murals. We enjoyed walking about seeing murals on 30 Street, 12 Street and Welling Court by Astoria Boulevard. I was very happy to see some artists produced Peace artwork. We arrived about 2 P.M., the sun was very hot. We cannot see the pictures on our equipment screens that well. I tried my best to capture the murals that we viewed We only viewed a small part of murals. We decided to return home and will come back again to view more murals in different areas.
There were some people taking pictures of the murals.
I intended to walk across the street to view the murals on the other side of the road but I noticed the reflection of part of the mural with the peace sign artwork on the car window. I realized that there is another mural on a wall inside of a gated property.
I came back and tried to photograph the mural. I could not capture the mural in full view because of the gate blocking it.
Luckily my cheap camcorder is small enough to go through the space between the gate bars. I tried my best to capture the whole image. But I only got part of the mural.
I was glad I was able to at least capture the full peace sign.
Thanks to the artist who produced this peace mural. I wish I could have gotten his or her full name.
These murals are on the opposite side of the street from the peace murals that I have shown above.
A group of tourists came to view the murals. Thanks to all the artists who produced the artworks. I love graffiti or street art because most of the artists wish to convey their thought and express them in a form of artwork in public for other people to view, to feel, and to think, no matter if you agree or disagree. But the artists activate people’s brains to think. Sometimes this may tickle the conscious of the viewer to absorb more information from the artwork. Most graffiti or street art subjects are expressions of a present time which one can use as a chronicle of history in this specific time and place. Eventually these artworks or murals will be gone if they are in the changing hands of property owners who want to demolish properties for other business ventures.
John pointed out to the lady photographer that the damaged car is a useful object to compose a photo looking through the mangled window to view the painted fire hydrant.
I will post John’s photographs in the next project. It is interesting to see the difference in composition of individual photographers traveling the same path.
This person seemed to be interested in taking photos of the remains of the crashed vehicle. I felt sad to see the result of such a tragedy. I hope the person or persons in the car survived.
This person is very smart; he used his bike to ride to more places to view murals. He could travel longer distances, and be less tired compared to traveling by walking.