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Seminole Heights Art Partners debut Hindu Elvis on building

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SEMINOLE HEIGHTS - Elvis Presley is revered as "the king of rock n' roll." But a mural by artist Christian Little re-imagines the swiveled-hip rocker as a 10-limbed, chubby Hindu deity folded into the lotus position, strumming a guitar.

The artwork appeared recently on a vacant building at 5108 N. Nebraska Ave that eventually will be an annex for Ella's Folk Americana Cafe.

It is the first artistic strike by the Seminole Heights Art Partners, a volunteer group dedicated to spreading public art throughout Seminole Heights. Their "Urban Art Attack" likely will spring its next semi-surprise on the outside wall of Southern Brewing & Winemaking, at 4500 N. Nebraska Ave. An artist will be selected soon for a mural there.

Next up will be artwork sponsored by the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association. The group is looking for a property owner willing to participate. Once that is settled, costs will be agreed upon and an artist selected.

"We're at the beginning stages," said Sherry Genovar-Simons, a founder of the art partners group.

Seminole Heights Art Partners announced its plans for Urban Art Attack in May. Artwork of all kinds - murals, sculptures, sidewalk art and performance art - are possible in the neighborhood's public places.

The initial focus has been on Nebraska from Hillsborough Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, though anyone may submit an idea. The art partners are collaborating with the nonprofit Seminole Heights Foundation so that donations to support the group's mission can be tax-deductible.

For information, visit the website, www.urbanartattack.org.

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