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Motif Monday- how about monumental murals at O’Maley by art school grads that were former alumni

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School campus setting is rather bucolic. There’s a line of apple trees that still bear fruit and suggest the original farm, playing fields are stepped down surrounded by marsh and pond, Dogtown stretches along one edge, and Pole Hill rises up across the way. Community volunteers and students have created lovely decorative gardens. Yes, the track needs work and the playing field could be upgraded to turf like Gloucester High School’s New Balance-Newell Stadium. But it’s a beautiful spot to walk or catch a game. Ed Tedesco designed O’Maley in 1971. Although I believe the architect was quite sensitive to the setting, I understand how people criticize the exterior as harsh, or worse. “It feels like a prison!” exclaim some (and others joke. It is a middle school afterall.) You know what I see on the exterior when I come to O’Maley? Beautiful walls. Interesting shapes. Expansive public space ready for art and ideas.

O’Maley walls, photos from 2015

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You can’t judge a book by its cover. OR can you? O’Maley has the potential for its shell to match the creative arts and legacy at its core. There are stunning historic murals from the 1930s and 40s in the Commons. The arts curriculum is valued and celebrated. The arts teachers are amazing. If there is any school in Massachusetts that sings out arts and legacy, let it be here. Monumental public art and street art abound in Gloucester.

Parsons Street before, after, and after

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public art in Gloucester, MA and context collages

 

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Py$eMoNeY117 21st Century Orphans, Gloucester, MA, Skribble Fish – graffiti art – not street art

And not just for flat surfaces. Artists have suggested creative responses to Americord’s striated surface like a piano keys mural along the wall (a motif you may have seen elsewhere); others proposed a changing light installation when the cultural district designation was underway. 

Stephanie Benenson’s temporary installation Harbor Voices at City Hall

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Street art has become big business. Cities and towns around the world vie for renowned muralists in a competitive commercialized market with varying degrees of success.

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I vote Former Alumni

O’Maley Innovation Middle School has the perfect walls for showcasing creative voices of former alumni who are art school grads (or currently enrolled)– professionally trained and inspired to leave a mark. Ever since the dynamite 18UP and Under 30 exhibition, supporters hoped to catalyze possibilities for these emerging artists. Murals taken to this scale warrant investments of $15,000 per artist per wall.

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Jason Burroughs https://www.jasonburroughsgallery.com/

just a few of the grads…Chris Budrow | Kate BresnahanJason Burroughs | Lexi Chipperini |Jon Cooney | Jeff Cluett | James Curcuru | Nicole Dahlmer | Leon Doucette | Alessia LoGrasso | Avery McNiff | Micah O’Conner| Mary Sullivan

Before I saw walls of possibility. I still see that, but now I imagine specific artists and I hope you do, too. There are plenty of walls to go around at O’Maley.

 

 

a few more international street art mural examples

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Colleen Apostolos Does Murals

Colleen creates beautiful children’s murals.  Here’s one she did for my beannie.  Best part is when she listens to what the child would like and they interact so the children take ownership of what is being created.

Thanks so much Colleen.  (She also teaches children art classes at Island Art and Hobby)

See here for info-

Arts and Crafts For Little Ones With Colleen Apostolos-Marsh At Island Art and Hobby

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The Gloucester Committee for the Arts announces $13,200 in new private donation!

Catherine Ryan submits-

Hi Joey

The Gloucester Committee for the Arts announces $13,200 in new private donation!

This jumbo gift enables the current conservation work on six of the Charles Allen Winter New Deal murals in City Hall to be completed without interruption. We would have still pressed on but there may have been an interruption (scaffolding down and then set back up again months later) as we continued to raise funds.  While the donors of the $13,200 contribution wish to remain anonymous, the funds were provided to the Committee through the Belinda Foundation at the Boston Foundation

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Committee member Roger Armstrong, the owner of the State of the Art Gallery on Rocky Neck and the State of the Art Gallery II located downtown on Pleasant Street , secured this immediate funding gift.   Armstrong stated, “We are so very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of generous Gloucester citizens who share our appreciation for these art treasures in City Hall.”

And it’s also thanks in no small measure to the recent local media coverage –from GMG, Cape Ann Beacon and the GDT –of the current restoration of City Hall murals! The Committee is extremely grateful for this support of the conservation work and the recognition of the significance of the City’s collection of WPA-era murals.

If you would like to join the effort to care for the irreplaceable City art including these historic murals and the work of the CFTA, contributions in support of our City Art can be mailed to:

The Gloucester Fund

45 Middle Street

Gloucester, MA    01930

Be sure to put “Committee for the Arts” on the memo line of the check.

Fishing Boat mural in St. Ann’s Church

The Carole & Gary and the Sunlight

Continuing my series of posts of murals from the stairwells of St. Ann’s Church, here’s one of two fishing boats.  The names (updated thanks to a reader’s comment) are “Carole & Gary” and “Sunlight”. Anybody know to whom these vessels belonged?

Mural: St. Ann’s Band from Gloucester in the Tournament of Roses

This is one of a series of murals that remain in the stairwells to the parish hall under St. Ann’s Church (Holy Family Parish).  I am told that there used to be more murals, but some have been removed (and maybe some painted over, I don’t know). The ones that remain are in lamentably poor condition, but they are still fascinating, as they portray historical events, people, and boats of Gloucester. I’ll post a few more photos of these murals over the next few days. If anyone can identify themselves or family members (or their boats) in these paintings, please speak out!