Motif Monday- how about monumental murals at O’Maley by art school grads that were former alumni

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School campus setting is rather bucolic. There’s a line of apple trees that still bear fruit and suggest the original farm, playing fields are stepped down surrounded by marsh and pond, Dogtown stretches along one edge, and Pole Hill rises up across the way. Community volunteers and students have created lovely decorative gardens. Yes, the track needs work and the playing field could be upgraded to turf like Gloucester High School’s New Balance-Newell Stadium. But it’s a beautiful spot to walk or catch a game. Ed Tedesco designed O’Maley in 1971. Although I believe the architect was quite sensitive to the setting, I understand how people criticize the exterior as harsh, or worse. “It feels like a prison!” exclaim some (and others joke. It is a middle school afterall.) You know what I see on the exterior when I come to O’Maley? Beautiful walls. Interesting shapes. Expansive public space ready for art and ideas.

O’Maley walls, photos from 2015

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You can’t judge a book by its cover. OR can you? O’Maley has the potential for its shell to match the creative arts and legacy at its core. There are stunning historic murals from the 1930s and 40s in the Commons. The arts curriculum is valued and celebrated. The arts teachers are amazing. If there is any school in Massachusetts that sings out arts and legacy, let it be here. Monumental public art and street art abound in Gloucester.

Parsons Street before, after, and after

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public art in Gloucester, MA and context collages

 

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Py$eMoNeY117 21st Century Orphans, Gloucester, MA, Skribble Fish – graffiti art – not street art

And not just for flat surfaces. Artists have suggested creative responses to Americord’s striated surface like a piano keys mural along the wall (a motif you may have seen elsewhere); others proposed a changing light installation when the cultural district designation was underway. 

Stephanie Benenson’s temporary installation Harbor Voices at City Hall

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Street art has become big business. Cities and towns around the world vie for renowned muralists in a competitive commercialized market with varying degrees of success.

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I vote Former Alumni

O’Maley Innovation Middle School has the perfect walls for showcasing creative voices of former alumni who are art school grads (or currently enrolled)– professionally trained and inspired to leave a mark. Ever since the dynamite 18UP and Under 30 exhibition, supporters hoped to catalyze possibilities for these emerging artists. Murals taken to this scale warrant investments of $15,000 per artist per wall.

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Jason Burroughs https://www.jasonburroughsgallery.com/

just a few of the grads…Chris Budrow | Kate BresnahanJason Burroughs | Lexi Chipperini |Jon Cooney | Jeff Cluett | James Curcuru | Nicole Dahlmer | Leon Doucette | Alessia LoGrasso | Avery McNiff | Micah O’Conner| Mary Sullivan

Before I saw walls of possibility. I still see that, but now I imagine specific artists and I hope you do, too. There are plenty of walls to go around at O’Maley.

 

 

a few more international street art mural examples

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Art teachers: they get the job done. Mary Sullivan and Brett Dunton at O’Maley Innovation Middle School

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Mary Sullivan and Brett Dunton, fine artists and visual arts teachers at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, Gloucester, MA, act like art is the best subject anyone could dream of teaching. It’s evident that they’ve established an inspiring collaborative approach; they work together seamlessly and dazzle the students.  Their art rooms are just the way you’d dream they should look–ample rooms that look like art work is done there in a big way.

 

They are super resourceful and adept at re-purposing and re-inventing materials. They adhere to the ‘your trash is our treasure’ school of thought. Any donated supplies can be dropped off at room 130 before or after school.

 

Art Room Wish List

– Yogurt cups (clean)
– Cardboard (clean)
– Wood (untreated by chemicals)
– Large paper grocery bags
– Magazines
– Hardcover books
– Yarn or string
– Fabric
– Any art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, paint, brushes, etc)
– Any kind of paint (tempera, acrylic, watercolor, latex house paint . . .)
– Posters of artwork
– Hardware (hammers, nails, screwdrivers, clamps, saws, sandpaper . . .)
– Other building supplies such as carpet, tiles, and linoleum
– Doo-dads and whatcha-ma-call-its
– Anything that could possibly be turned into art

contact: msullivan@gloucesterschools.com   mcsullivan.com and bdunton@gloucesterschools.com

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Thanksgiving Break Pop-Up Sale & Exhibit to support young, local artists At The HIVE

Thanksgiving Break Pop-Up Sale & Exhibit to support young, local artists

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Hi Joey

ONE NIGHT ONLY: mark your calendars, November 28th is just 11 days away. Here is the latest roster poster for the 1st Thanksgiving Break POP UP fair at the HIVE, Gloucester’s amazing downtown arts center.  Can’t wait to see what these young local artists do!

Love the local all that day. Saturday, November 28th, is ‘Small Business Saturday’ – marketing, yes, but as opposed to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not? Support our businesses. SHOP SMALL downtown, stop by the Hive to see and shop more from 4-8, and then head out to eat or restaurant hop.  

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micah o'connor

nicole dahlmer

Alexis chipperini

david fanning

Avery McNiff

Jon Cooney

betsey janus

mary sullivan

james curcuru

Sam Orlando

jason burroughs

Kate Bresnahan

Allessia Lograsso

Tyler Devlin

Leon Doucette

Jennifer Ziller

Jennifer Ziller

The Hive is hosting Gloucester’s Young Artist Pop-Up Show on November 28th. Check out the artist directory below.

Young Artist Directory

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@simonebodmerturner glazing her footed planters for the kiln. #ceramics #gloucesterma

@simonebodmerturner glazing her footed planters for the kiln. #ceramics #gloucesterma

Cathy Kelley getting ready to teach her sketchbook and drawing class. #creativity #gloucesterma #artclass

So excited to be making self boxes! #creativity #highschoolart #reflectiontime

Tuesday watercolor class starts tonight! Join us next week 6-8pm

TAG design for the 18up and under 30 yolo artists and Thanksgiving Break pop up art fair

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Hi Joey,

Here’s the TAG prototype design for the yolo artists. What an awesome downtown arts center!

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Thanksgiving Break Pop Up Art Fair UPDATE Gloucester’s inaugural younger artist fair

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Hi Joey,

Since the first announcement, we now have 10 younger Gloucester artists signed up for the inaugural Thanksgiving Break POP UP ART FAIR on November 28, 2015 at the Hive from 4-8pm.

So far that’s representation from GHS alumni years 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2015. Pretty good so far!

We hope more artists will sign up and can’t wait to see what they do. Spread the word! Contact Pauline at paulinebresnahan@hotmail.com to add your name to the growing list of exhibitors. We are looking for artists working with any media and/or creative service. Writers, musicians, documentarians, performers, printmakers—who is out there?

Friends and family: please share the fair and save the date. And thanks Joey for the first post—it truly helped to get the news out and encourage sign ups.

Click here for the first announcement on GMG https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/gloucester-18up-and-under30-cook-up-some-good-art-this-semester-and-let-your-hometown-buy-thanksgiving-break-pop-up-art-fair/

POP UP fair update Oct 11 2015