Remsen Arts Center Delights
Title: Remsen Arts Center Delights
Creator: Peter Rashford
Medium: acrylic paint, fiberglass
Dimensions: 16 feet (height) x 8 feet (width) x 2 inches (depth), approximately
What can you do with a damaged window? Cover it with a work of art! In 2010, the Remsen Performing and Visual Arts Center found its home in a historic church that was built in 1893. One of the building's two large stained glass windows was heavily damaged, so it was covered with wooden panels. A few years later the Center began to raise funds to cover them with a mural. A Community Arts Grant from NY State made it possible for the center to commission artist Peter Rashford, of Midair Studio in Cold Brook, NY.
The mural portrays the center's variety of activities, from music to art and literature. A brush is in the midst of creating the abstract field at the bottom, from which 3 daffodils are sprouting. As the national flower of Wales, these represent Remsen's Welsh ancestry. Floating in the breeze above, a feather pen writes "Once upon a time..." which turns into several notes of music. These lead upward to culminate in the energy of a smiling sun.
This project was made possible by a regrant program of the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. Support also came from the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts, private donors, and volunteers who assisted with the installation.
Inscription: signed by the artist; "Once upon a time..." appears as if written by the feather pen depicted in the mural
Subject: Public art, Mural painting and decoration
Rights: © Peter Rashford 2014
Location: Remsen Art Center, 9627 Main Street, Remsen