The downtown Ellsworth mural project’s committee members and sponsors earlier this month met at the Water Street site to discuss safety and the project’s timeline. They include (from left): Matt Gurney, Kyle Lamont, David LaValle, Judy Taylor, Tim McCormick, Lori Chase, Cara Romano, Sara McDougall and Peter Lione. HEART OF ELLSWORTH PHOTO

Ready, set, go! Mural painting to begin in October



ELLSWORTH — Painting of the city’s Water Street Mural site will start in early October and — weather permitting — is expected to take two to three weeks to complete. Preliminary prepping of the brick wall was scheduled to take place in the remaining weeks of September.

Seal Cove artist and muralist Judy Taylor has assembled a group of associates to volunteer and assist in the painting, which will mostly take place from two lifts donated for use by Matt Gurney of Coastal Maine General Contracting Inc. Once the painting begins, the public can watch the artist’s mural composition gradually emerge.

This donation is a boon to both the efficiency and safety of the project. Recent support also has come in the form of wall priming by Straight Cut Painting and supplies donated by both Benjamin Moore and Hammond Lumber Co.

Heart of Ellsworth is looking for more volunteers in many areas of the project during the first two weeks of October. Those interested in being part of downtown Ellsworth’s history, should email the organization’s executive director Cara Romano at [email protected]).

The mural painting will coincide with the 5th Annual Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend celebration, Oct. 1-2. On Saturday morning, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m., children will be invited for a fun painting project at the mural site and muralist Judy Taylor will give an artist talk Saturday at 1 p.m. Both activities are open to the public at no charge and are weather dependent with no rain date. Full event details at: mainecraftweekend.org/2022-ellsworth/).

The site for the mural is at 21 Water St., along the banks of the Union River, and was donated by Coastal Interiors. Initial seed money was received from Maine Community Foundation with subsequent funding and support received from the Maine Arts Commission, Onion Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Columber Law, Good to Go Studios, Downeast Graphics and several generous community members.

Taylor is known for her extensive body of work exhibited in galleries and installations across Maine and the East Coast. Her well-known large-scale mural, “Maine Labor Mural,” hangs in the Maine State Museum. She studied classical painting at the New York Academy of Art, winning a scholarship as part of the project master program, as well as the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design in New York. She has studied extensively in Europe.

Heart of Ellsworth welcomes community support for the mural project through monetary contributions. To donate, visit https://donorbox.org/support-heart-of-ellsworth. For more info, email [email protected] and visit heartofellsworth.org.

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