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Adding art to a COVID-19 world

By Stephen Betts | Jun 19, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Volunteers begin to paint a mural on Oak Street for a community pedestrian outdoor space.

Rockland — A group of volunteers are doing their part to beautify Rockland.

Alexis Iammarino, an interdisciplinary artist, is leading the effort to paint a mural on Oak Street.

Oak Street, from Main Street to Cafe Miranda, is closed to vehicle traffic through Oct. 31. The move was made to allow adjacent businesses to serve customers and sell wares in the now pedestrian zone.

A mural already exists on the Oak Street side of the building at 318 Main St. where the Masiello Group office is located. The new project will extend that mural on the street.

About 30 volunteers have agreed to help with the project. The painting began Friday morning, June 19.

"This is a pop up mural," Iammarino said.

High school students who are part of the Arts in Action program at Oceanside High School have painted the Jersey barriers to be more attractive and colorful.

The mural will include markings to indicate 6-feet distances to encourage physical distancing as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Main Street from Park Street to Glove's Passage will be closed to vehicle traffic starting Friday night June 19 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The same will happen Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 27, 2020 17:10

Maybe they can paint out the potholes.

Posted by: Gayle Murphy | Jun 27, 2020 16:25

I was checking this out today. Looks like a perfect spot for our very own Autonomous Zone. It’s got all the right stuff. Bordered by a coffee shop to the East. There’s a restaurant on site. A bank and a drug store on the Southern border. And there’s a makeshift awning to provide residents some protection from any adverse weather conditions.


We could call it . . . R.A.Z.  We would be the envy of the entire State of Maine; maybe even all of New England!  Let’s do it, Rockland!


Long live R.A.Z.!!!




Posted by: Alana Allen | Jun 20, 2020 14:43

It will never work for numerous reasons. Time will tell. Nothing negative or positive.

Posted by: Deborah A McKenney | Jun 20, 2020 13:42

I just don’t understand why most comments that people post are of a negative nature. Be nice people.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jun 20, 2020 09:06

Took a stroll down Main St. Friday night just to see what it was like.  No worries about social distancing, other than the massive protest march (which I missed) and people gathered to enjoy food and company in front of the only three food & pub establishments open at the Limerock st. intersection.  I saw NO businesses open from In Good Company South to the Park St. intersection.  Watched them painting the street, talked to a few of Rockland's finest guarding the street, then walked to DQ for an ice cream.  The ice cream shop on Oak st.  was closed.  So if the stated purpose of this closure was to aid struggling shops, 90% of them said Thanks but no Thanks.

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