Like father, like daughter

Local muralist Ben Goulart was joined by a special guest artist for his latest work, “Kaleidoscope Galaxy.”

Goulart’s daughter, 8-year-old Edin, helped him design and paint a long, thin “geometric-cubist” mural on the Hawthorne Street overpass near Broadway. It was created as part of the weeklong Eureka Street Art Festival, which wrapped up Saturday.

“She picked out the colors, and is helping me with a brand new mobile battery-operated paint sprayer to utilize my high-quality mural paints in a quick and easy spray application,” said Goulart, who has been painting murals for more than two decades.

Locally, his public artwork can be seen in myriad locations, including in Eureka at Six Rivers Solar, Humboldt’s Premium, Shafer’s Ace Hardware in Henderson Center, Halvorsen Park and other locales, as well as Rotary Park in Arcata and Jacoby Creek School in Bayside. Goulart recently finished a piece called the “Spiritual Shark Tank Mural,” which wraps around the restroom building at the Del Norte Street Pier in Eureka. He worked with apprentice artists Scott Robertson and Mariquis Ludd, as well as world-renowned street artist Chris Dyer on that project.

Edin Goulart, 8, wears protective gear as she demonstrates her father's new paint sprayer on the Hawthorne Street mural. She worked on the mural with her dad, Ben Goulart, as part of the Eureka Street Art Festival, which wrapped up Saturday. (Heather Shelton/The Times-Standard)
Edin Goulart, 8, wears protective gear as she demonstrates her father’s new paint sprayer on the Hawthorne Street mural. She worked on the mural with her dad, Ben Goulart, as part of the Eureka Street Art Festival, which wrapped up Saturday. (Heather Shelton/The Times-Standard)

“Kaleidoscope Galaxy” isn’t the first mural that daughter Edin — who will start the third-grade later this month — has contributed to. She also helped her dad on several other Eureka murals, including “Harry the Honorable Hound Dog” utility box at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Buhne Street, the Picky Picky Picky storage container on E Street  and the fairy tale mural at the Humboldt County Library park.

“She also helped design and paint the Jacoby Creek School utility box mural in front of her school along with her fellow students,” Goulart said. “Then, the Valley West Park murals she also helped out in.”

He added, “I personally love working with Edin on art projects. She always has new ideas and different takes on art that I just don’t have. She has always been very creative, and loves to express herself in everything she does. She may not have the stamina to work eight hour days on a mural, but she makes up with it by having amazing ideas and a good sense of design and color schemes.

“Edin has always liked using bright colors, and has many wild abstract paintings and sketches,” Goulart said. “She has a good eye for design and shapes, so this design lends itself to her other works. We also both like space and kaleidoscopes, so this mural has both of our loves tied to it.”

Edin says she enjoys discovering more about mural-making with her father.

“I really love learning new techniques with my dad, like the new paint sprayer we are using,” she said. “It saves so much time, and is fun to gear up and get painty.”

Edin added, “On this mural, I loved using the tape to lay out the design, and it was cool to see my design and color selections come to life on the wall.”

To see more of Ben Goulart’s murals and learn more about the artist, go to https://www.muralman.com.

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