5 Paper Murals Installed in Pawtucket, RI

After 2 solid weeks of pasting, scaffolding, and intensive - sometimes adventurous - community collaboration, install is officially complete!

On view now - until time & weather take them:

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1.  Farewell to Fanny  

Blackstone Studios, 16 Exchange Street

Blackstone Studios, 16 Exchange Street

2. The Imaginary Music Parade 

Mirror Image Studios, 190 Exchange Place ***look to the side of the building facing Fountain Street

Mirror Image Studios, 190 Exchange Place ***look to the side of the building facing Fountain Street

3. Leroy 

1031 Studios, 249 Roosevelt Avenue

1031 Studios, 249 Roosevelt Avenue

4. Ode to Sam Patch's Bear 

RHD-RI, 24 Commerce Street

RHD-RI, 24 Commerce Street

5. Return of the Imaginary Music Parade

A collaboration with students at JMW Arts High School Blackstone Valley Prep  

The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Arts, 350 Division Street

The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Arts, 350 Division Street

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This project was made possible by

the Pawtucket Arts Festival 

& the generosity of its supporters.

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Photography by Erin X. Smithers.

Public Art Project Launches at the Pawtucket Arts Festival!

Announcing:  A series of temporary murals installed along the waterfront and Armory neighborhoods of Pawtucket, Rhode Island this September, designed to engage curiosity and cross-generational conversation around stories that make up the city's rich creative culture.  

Inspired by research in the Betty Johnson Collection at Pawtucket Public Library and at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, several of my paper murals - incorporating historic textures and illustrative detail, will offer spectators chance encounters with fascinating characters of Pawtucket lore.  At other sites, these installations will shift focus, from past to present-day narratives; with open-ended characters that invite all members of the extended Blackstone Valley community to share their own stories and explore ways in which we all actively contribute to the creation of cultural legacy.

A Providence-based illustrator, street artist, storyteller, researcher, and educator - I am thrilled to be presenting work to the city of Pawtucket for the first time and for the very special opportunity to get to know some of its residents past and present a little better this year.  I hope this project will welcome all audiences at the Pawtucket Arts Festival: to play, be curious and connect!

 

Photo credit: Erin X. Smithers