Lexus Gore has been helping her mentor Ophelia Chambliss with her own art projects, recently working together on a mural at the corner of East Philadelphia and North Pine streets. (Photos by Caleb Robertson for Our York Media)
Developing a plan
The underrepresented neighborhoods in York Lexus is reaching out to reminders her of her North Philly childhood home, where murals dotted the brick walls of buildings across the city.
She found a passion for art through a program that took her to Philadelphia art museums as a kid. Her career started with simple sketches in high school, striving to be better and renting out any “How to Draw” or “Idiot’s Guide to…” books she found at the local library.
Several years ago, she moved to York to attend York College of Pennsylvania and, after graduating in May, was named the College’s Appell Arts Fellow – a distinction given to young artists to provide a gap year for developing and finding opportunities for their art.
The title comes with perks – the College provides an apartment and a studio at Marketview Arts on West Philadelphia Street for a year – but it’s about making an impact.
Lexus is using her platform to seek out the underrepresented artists. She hopes to get funding for an after-school program for children so they can develop their talents.