Gana Galindo

By Robin Elisabeth Kilmer. Reprinted with permission from The Manhattan Times.

NoMAA Executive Director Sandra García Betancourt announces the winner of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest: Felipe “Feggo” Galindo. (Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi.)

NoMAA Executive Director Sandra García Betancourt announces the winner of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest: Felipe “Feggo” Galindo. (Photo: Gary Santana.)

Perhaps you’ve never seen a cello pushing a violin in a stroller, or a canvas walking a palette on a leash.

One look at Felipe Galindo’s design for the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Art Stroll, and you’ll be able to mark both off your list.

“I wanted to personify the arts, going on a stroll,” explained Galindo of his whimsically themed — and winning — poster.

Galindo’s poster was selected on Mon., March 10th at the art alliance’s annual poster competition, which was held this year at The Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Center. Participants were asked to vote for their favorite poster from among six, and the image will now serve as the official image of the month-long Stroll in June.

“I believe that this poster won because it is a happy poster, that playfully illustrates the spirits of the arts,” said NoMAA director Sandra García-Betancourt. “It is very fun.”

In Galindo’s poster, a guitar jogs in the distance. Tragedy and comedy sit together on a bench, reading. A pigeon dances in the midst of it all, and a squirrel is eagerly snapping up pictures, not acorns.

The arts, embodied, are seen enjoying a sunny day as they walk along the greenway by the Hudson River. In sight also are the Little Red Lighthouse and the George Washington Bridge. The Cloisters loom in the background.

“It’s a great pride to share it with everybody,” said Felipe “Feggo” Galindo, winner of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest. (Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi.)

“It’s a great pride to share it with everybody,” said Felipe “Feggo” Galindo, winner of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest. (Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi.)

“I wanted to give a cheerful image of the arts, that they’re accessible to everybody,” said Galindo.

The artist, who also is known as Feggo, has often used Northern Manhattan as his muse. Just last year, his series “George Washington Returns to Gotham” featured the first president as he revisited Manhattan over two hundred years after independence.

On Monday evening, his poster drew accolades, and unexpected questions.

“A photographer who was there asked me why I portrayed photographers as squirrels,” he recalled.

“It’s because they’re always jumping up and down; they’re everywhere,” he answered.

This year is not the first the artist, who freelances and teaches art in area schools, has submitted a poster for the competition.

“To win is satisfying and encouraging,” he beamed. “It’s a great pride to share it with everybody.”

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