Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Former Council Candidate Commissions a Colorful Series; Murals Make over Murray Hill

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Former Council Candidate Commissions a Colorful Series; Murals Make over Murray Hill

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Byline: Charlie Patton

There are signs that the Murray Hill business district is gathering momentum.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. has opened on Edgewood Avenue and Community Loaves is serving breakfast and lunch. There's Magnolia's Pub and upscale Italian at La Cena. The former Edgewood Bakery is being converted to a French Pantry.

"We've got a chance to be the next Park and King," said Jason Tetlak, a graphic artist and former City Council candidate who has been doing his bit to promote the Murray Hill business district by commissioning a series of murals on the blank walls of area businesses.

The latest mural to go up was painted by a New York artist who goes by the name Jerkface. Painted on the side of the Bank of America building at Edgewood and Kerle streets last week, it is inspired by the old "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip.

"Usually my stuff is very straightforward and very loud," Jerkface said. "The whole reason that I paint the characters is for my own personal sense of nostalgia. People easily identify with it. Everything I do is very positive and I never do anything twice."

Tetlak, a 39-year-old father of two and Murray Hill resident, found Jerkface on the internet. He said the artist donated his time while the Murray Hill Preservation Association covered his expenses.

Tetlak said his inspiration for the Murray Hill Mural Project was Miami's Wynwood Arts District, a former warehouse and manufacturing district that is now home to more than 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, bars and restaurants and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.

Jerkface's mural is the fifth Tetlak has commissioned since last summer. The first four murals are on Murray Hill Theatre, on the side of Tradewinds bar, outside Grater Goods cheese shop and on the Boot Rack Saloon. …

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