GREENSBORO — Developer and Red Cinemas owner Marty Kotis has turned sections of the city into outdoor galleries of art.
Murals created by artists from the United States and abroad decorate his buildings.
The film premiered Thursday on Kotis' Facebook page at facebook.com/kotisstreetart.
The murals are located primarily in downtown; Midtown, the heavily-traveled district of restaurants and entertainment along the Battleground Avenue corridor; and Kotis' Tracks Bazaar and Tracks Beer Garden projects, at West Gate City Boulevard and South Eugene Street.
Among the subjects: Greensboro actor Ken Jeong. Jeong and the muralist Brian Lewis, aka JEKS, are among those appearing in the film.
"What I hope to accomplish with Kotis Street Art is to create a world-class destination where people come and see art from artists from around the world in Greensboro, and that it becomes a big tourist draw for the city," Kotis says in the film.
Kotis developed his interest in street art on visits to Berlin and the United Kingdom.
Since fall 2017, more than 70 artists have created 180 art installations covering more than 100,000 square feet of walls on Kotis properties.
"When we work with artists, one of the critical things we do is provide a lot of creative freedom for them," Kotis says in the film. "It’s not to have them paint something that’s outside their portfolio. It’s to have them show what they do really well with the people of Greensboro."
The murals reflect his desire to turn the city into a street art destination that will retain millennials and give the city a reputation for being cool.
"I think we’re doing something historic here," Kotis says. "We’ve got this great group of artists that have come to Greensboro, North Carolina, and they’re sharing their art and their passion with the citizens of Greensboro. We think it’s really cool that they’re doing that and we can help, in a little way make that happen."
Kotis had planned to release the "Kotis Street Art Movie" in Red Cinemas on Battleground Avenue.
But with the coronavirus pandemic, he decided to move it online.
"We thought artists and the community as a whole could use a little hope while perhaps sitting at home sheltering in place," Kotis said on Facebook.
With so many artists and works of street art, filmmaker Paul Byun couldn't include them all.
So this is just a sample of the artwork. More video segments and photos will be posted on social media and the website KotisStreetArt.com.
Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.