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Meet Rockland’s newest mural

Nov 19, 2020
View of nearly completed Arts in Action Apprenticeshop mural from Cottage Street.

Rockland — The Apprenticeshop and RSU13’s Arts in Action (AiA) program are excited to announce the completion of Rockland’s newest mural along the length of The Apprenticeshop at 655 Main St. This vibrant sailing and water-themed mural brings the color and public art, more commonly seen in the heart of Downtown Rockland, to the North End.

The Apprenticeshop commissioned community artist and mural director Alexis Iammarino to create the design, which she led as an AiA mural arts project for local high school youth and community members. The mural was brought to life thanks to the talent and dedication by its 10 high school project interns: Winter Adams, Vandeslaine Nacimento-Barcellos, Dri Nacimento-Barcellos, Marshall Camber, Claire Caveney Snyder, Isaiah Chase, Michael Mattews, Cooper McBride, Lily Rogers and Anna Siletti. The project was also aided by Apprenticeshop alumni Joao Bentes and Emily Cornell Du Houx, who collaborated with Iammarino and AiA project interns to create the sculptural elements of the design. Also assisting the project were: AiA Instructor Zack Wincklhofer, local artists, and numerous volunteers of all ages.

Arts in Action is a program of Regional School Unit 13 Adult & Community Education with support from the ANONIMO Foundation. Christy Monroe, Director of Adult & Community Ed comments, “We are grateful to the team of high school artists, staff, and volunteers who worked through a summer heat wave to add to the character of our community, and to the Apprenticeshop for hosting the project in a fun and collaborative spirit. We’d also like to thank the Brio Promotions team who printed commemorative t-shirts for the project interns.”

Isabella Feracci, Executive Director of The Apprenticeshop acknowledges “It felt critical for us to find safe ways to engage local youth in rewarding activities during such a challenging summer. With AiA, we were able to both educate aspiring artists and draw positive attention to The Apprenticeshop’s educational programs in boatbuilding and seamanship.”

Walk, peddle, or drive by to take a closer look at this new community artwork. Contact info@theapprenticeshop for details on traditional wooden boatbuilding, sailing, and other educational offerings, or to donate to scholarships or youth programs.

Up next! Arts in Action will engage local high schoolers to design and paint a new mural for the exterior of Rock City Coffee. Planning and design work will take place via remote meetings over the winter and early spring for the mural that is scheduled to be painted in the summer of 2021.To register or for more information about community Arts opportunities, contact Alexis Iammarino at rasaartsinaction@gmail.com.

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