Tag Archives: Mural

New public art: LOOK UP downtown! Ken Riaf’s Pleasant & Main ARTISPHERE sign, last chance to see group show at Trident, wall mural on Parsons HarborWalk

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Look up downtown if you haven’t yet seen the wonderful Pleasant & Main ARTISPHERE sign designed and project-boosted by artist and dealer, Ken Riaf. Then head on into his Jeffrey Marshall exhibit Law & Water Gallery.

I bet you’ve seen that Ed Touchette painting catching your eye through Trident’s window—last days to see the group exhibit at Trident Gallery. Just one week away from Ed Touchette’s solo exhibit at Trident. East Gloucester and Veterans School parents please get ready to bring your kids to see his exhibit. East Gloucester kids can find an Mr. Touchette throwback tucked away on East Main. Here’s a snapshot – try and find it.

Pass through Parsons down to Rogers or up to Main to see the progress of the artists of Art Haven/Hive. Their wall mural along a private building of Parsons Street is coming along and their depiction of Man at the Wheel is filling in…check it out! We have cleaned and scrubbed out graffiti on many walls, more than once, and are happy to see new public art added alongside the temporary FISH NET street mural and Dress Code’s.

I’m not sure what artist, Bob Stephenson, would have thought of the latest mural, but I wish he could have seen it. I do know he liked the Calderwood Fish Net mural and was grateful to have the graffiti painted out, the lights installed and anytime we swept and weeded.

Special thanks this week to the folks with Dan Leaman Landscaping and Maintenance Corp for extra clean up and weeding along Parsons Street.

Vincent Ferrini Mural Unveiling Event

MuralUnveiling5121wmChalk up another successful  Community event in my gallery. In addition to mural artist Tricia O’Neill, mural subject Vincent Ferrini’s nephew Henry Ferrini was there and spoke to the audience of about forty. After the speeches, the group walked down to see Tricia’s mural. I’d say this was a “win-win” for all.

Benjamin Moore mural

It’s easy to take it for granted that we live in a city with lots of beauty, so it’s good to be reminded now and then that we are surrounded by works of art and ingenuity. For instance, I like this mural on the side of the Benjamin Moore store on Railroad Ave. – not just because it’s well painted, but because it is somewhat self-referential: a painting (on a paint store) of painters painting the wall they are painted on…

Eventually I plan to get photos of more of our city’s murals…

-Fr. Matthew Green

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a New Mural!

John McElhenny submits-


The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a beautiful new mural designed and painted by the talented kids at Art Haven in Gloucester.  The mural was framed and put up at the garden over the weekend by volunteers Joe and Paula Axelrod, Aria McElhenny and Rocky Delforge.

The garden’s fence also features new vegetable sculptures that were designed and painted by the Art Haven kids with Rocky Delforge’s guidance. Public art by young local artists has officially arrived in central Gloucester’s largest green space!

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden just opened for its second season, part of a successful effort that is making Burnham’s Field cleaner, safer and more family-friendly. Come visit soon!
John McElhenny

Building the Frame
Building the Frame

Joe Axelrod (left) and Rocky Delforge build the frame for the new mural at the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Burnham’s Field garden sign team
Burnhams Field garden sign team

Volunteers Aria and Ruby McElhenny, Rocky Delforge, and Joe and Paula Axelrod stand next to the new mural.

Veggie sculptures on the fence
Veggie sculptures on the fence

Dozens of small sculptures of vegetables and flowers painted by Cape Ann Art Haven kids now decorate the garden’s fence.

Veggie sculpture sign

Veggie sculpture sign
A sign honors the young artists who created the sculptures.

Photos by John McElhenny

Mural: The Blessing of the Fleet

What interests me most of this mural (in a stairwell at St. Ann’s Church) is not the currently-out-of-fashion but historically correct liturgical garb of the presiding prelate (although, as a priest, I find it interesting), but rather the skyline on the shore.  I wonder exactly what view of Gloucester this is supposed to represent?  It certainly doesn’t match the current skyline, but obviously things have changed over the decades. The other paintings show that the artist paid attention to detail, so I don’t think he just made it up.

Cole Herbst mural almost done at new Eco Boutique

This mural by Cole Herbst with the Eco Boutique logo and some really sweet flowers and fairies is going up in Eco Boutique’s new space at 186 Main Street – stop in and check it out!

Interview with the artist: new mural in Eco Boutique space on Main Street

As you hopefully saw last week, Cole Herbst is doing a beautiful new mural in the Main Street space that the Eco Boutique is moving into. Below is an interview with the artist (interviewed by Jason Burroughs) – the store is stocked now, so go in and check it out in the Brown’s Mall building!

Also, check out the unveiling of his other mural about a year ago:

Got an Old Mural?

Wall painting in the Twitchell house, which features an erupting volcano, ca. 1830. Photograph by Ruthie Dibble

The Metropolitan Museum of Art website features a story today by Ruthie Dibble, the 2010-2011 Douglass Foundation Fellow in The American Wing (the pinnacle of success for a history major).  She’s on the hunt for early American murals in historic New England houses,  and might have some luck finding a few on Cape Ann.  For more information, check out this link, which highlights the results of some of her research and gives a fascinating glimpse into the artistic tastes of wealthy Americans in the early part of the 19th century.