The Water Street Mural project on the Coastal Interiors building HEART OF ELLSWORTH PHOTO

Paint the city: Downtown mural project gears up with party



ELLSWORTH — A giant video installation will headline an outdoor community party starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, to kick off the Water Street Mural project in downtown Ellsworth.

Heart of Ellsworth is hosting “Beyond the Brick,” where muralist Judy Taylor will be introduced and the video projected onto the 3,000-square-foot-wall of the Coastal Interiors business. Folks are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or other seats to comfortably view the Maine art mashup of images.

Heart of Ellsworth’s Executive Director Cara Romano says the public will have an opportunity to meet the Tremont visual artist commissioned to paint the city’s downtown mural at 21 Water St.

“Participants also will have the opportunity to share their ideas for the mural and, ultimately, shape its concept,” she said.

The video, set to a mix of Maine music spanning genres and connecting generations of musicians, was produced by the award-winning production company Good to Go Studios in Ellsworth. The company’s multimedia producer, Kyle Lamont, and Somesville poet and art critic Carl Little collaborated to produce the show. Music producer Tara Rook created the installation’s soundtrack, blending Maine’s best songs, soundscapes and spoken word.

“The inspiration behind this installation is the magnificent artistic talent in our region. From iconic artists to budding high school art students, we have a wellspring of material to instill pride in our creative youth,” Lamont says. “We are grateful to all the artists who shared their work for this piece; it will live on beyond the brick to inspire the next generation and manifest new possibilities of community engagement.”

Heart of Ellsworth’s mural project received initial seed money from Maine Community Foundation. The Maine Arts Commission provided funding to move the project toward the next phase. Heart of Ellsworth welcomes community support for the project through volunteer and monetary contributions. To donate or to express interest in volunteering for this project, visit heartofellsworth.org/downtown-mural.

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