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Bricks and Murals - Two States, One Community

In just a few days, hundreds of talented artists from around the world will descend on Westerly and Pawcatuck, and give us a makeover like you’ve never seen! These self-proclaimed “Walldogs” are volunteer artists specializing in sign and mural painting, and this five-day family-friendly event – the first of its kind in New England – has been dubbed “Bricks and Murals”.

Beginning on Wednesday September 13th and running through the 17th, these talented artists will create over a dozen murals on buildings throughout the downtown area. Some of the more eagerly awaited works include a mural illustrating the longstanding Westerly vs. Stonington football rivalry, a depiction of the Granite Industry in Westerly, and a tribute to Harriet Wilcox and the gorgeous Wilcox Park. The murals will be projected on walls in various locations at 10:00pm on Wednesday, and painting will begin the following morning!

In addition to watching the artists bring these murals to life, there will be all sorts of events happening over the course of the week. On Wednesday evening a children’s paint-by-number mural will be projected onto the retaining wall between the park and Miceli’s Furniture, and we’ll need the help of many tiny hands to sketch the outline and help fill it in on Saturday! On Thursday the 14th roads will be closed for the downtown Food Stroll and Block party, featuring plenty of live music. On Friday the 14th you can enjoy free trolley rides through town to see the progress of the paintings. And finally, Saturday brings our Family Fun Day which will be full of activities for all ages (inspired by the mural themes) in Wilcox Park. You can find more information on these events (as well as tickets for the Food Stroll) at www.bricksandmurals.org.

While the aesthetic aspect of this project is undeniably appealing, the Bricks and Murals festival brings a great deal more to Westerly and Pawcatuck: it is a celebration of our wonderful communities – and the uniting of two states – which highlights the history and culture of the region. The murals will showcase our heritage, while attracting people to the area to enjoy a unique “exhibit” and artistic experience throughout the town. We’re very much looking forward to the end result, and we hope you will come out and enjoy the festival along with us!

 

By Cassie Skobrak, Reference