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LePage – Labor Mural
  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Second protest waged over removal of labor mural

    More than 300 feisty workers and artists packed the Statehouse Hall of Flags on Monday, April 4, in back-to-back protests. The first rally was aimed at leaders in Washington and demanded that they “bring our war dollars home” by ending our military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. The second rally was aimed at Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage, who was vacationing in Jamaica. Protesters excoriated ...

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Feds: Return mural funds or display in employment building

    On March 4 the state Department of Labor released a copy of a letter the agency received from the U.S. Department of Labor concerning disposition of the labor history mural. Adam Fisher, spokesperson from the Maine Department of Labor, confirmed the letter arrived Monday morning from Gay Gilbert, administrator with the Office of Unemployment Insurance. It was addressed to Laura Boyett, acting commissioner, ...

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    PMA hosts public forum on public art

    Portland Museum of Art will host a public forum titled Whose Art Is It? Friday, April 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m., to facilitate a roundtable discussion about public ownership of public art and the controversial removal of the mural from Maine’s Department of Labor. Participants will include "Labor Mural" artist Judy Taylor, Mark Bessire, Director of the Portland Museum of Art; Sharon Corwin, Director and Chief ...

  • Published
    March 28, 2011

    Mural removed after hundreds flock to Augusta

    A mural commissioned by the Maine Department of Labor to hang in its reception room at 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta, and removed by the building's facilities crew last weekend at the request of Gov. Paul LePage, is reportedly under lock and key at the same building. According to a March 30 interview on the MPBN radio program "Maine Things Considered," and a story posted at 5:03 p.m. that evening at pressherald.c...

  • Published
    March 27, 2011

    The murals

    Gov. Paul LePage's decision to remove artwork from the halls of the state's labor department elicited a strong response from artists across the state, who were planning to stand in Augusta on March 25 before the murals that were created by their colleague Judy Taylor, an art teacher in Bangor, several years ago. The 36-foot-long mural, consisting of 11 panels, depicts the state's labor history, the 1937 shoe ...

  • Published
    March 24, 2011

    Rob Shetterly: Labor mural ‘has no political spin, ideology’

    In response to Gov. Paul LePage's order to remove a 36-foot mural depicting Maine's labor history from the lobby of the Department of Labor, artists and labor historians will hold a press conference at noon Friday, March 25, in front of the mural at the Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive.Rob Shetterly, artist, creator of the series Americans Who Tell the Truth, and president of the Maine Union of Visual ...

  • Published
    March 24, 2011

    Tremont artist painted mural Gov. LePage is ordering removed

    Judy Taylor, an artist who lives in Tremont and has her studio and gallery there, painted the Department of Labor mural that is now the subject of contention. Earlier this week, Gov. Paul LePage ordered the removal of the 36-foot mural, which is located in the agency’s lobby. A March 24 press release from artists Rob Shetterly, Natasha Mayers and Joan Braun said that Maine artists and labor historians will ...

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