Mary Lacy Mural Tour, Bethel | Benjamin Moore

Mary Lacy Mural Tour, Bethel | Benjamin Moore


We are here in Bethel, Vermont which is
right in the center of the state. I’m a community member and have lived here for about ten years and I’m part of the Bethel revitalization initiative that’s
a group that works on a wide range of projects to try to bring the community
together revitalize downtown and increase community spirit.
It was amazing working with Mary I think when we first heard that she was
interested in doing a mural here we couldn’t believe our ears. It’s an idea
that’s been in our minds for quite a number of years I chose to volunteer my
time for this project because I was pretty committed to what I think this
type of art and this type of energy and movement around Bethel can do for the
town in the long run. Bethel was really hammered by topical Storm Irene a few
years ago and the White River showed its power and in recent years I think the
community realized we want to increase our connections to the river. A
lot of people here are just willing to help each other out they want to be part
of something they want to know their neighbors. I think even more I see
Vermont as a place where people just band together to get things done. The narrative was just that there was
nothing good going on here Bethel had nothing going for it wasn’t going
anywhere then Knotts turned around now this is a
place where people have pride that people see anything’s possible and bring
all kinds of community ideas creative ideas to the forefront and step up to
say I’ll do it. The retaining wall river mural is going
has been an eyesore and something that really sends a negative oppression right
when you’re driving into town and many communities feel that way so it’s so
powerful to see this project that will instantly bring life and beauty to it. I
like working in the medium of wood but it’s also it’s a constant puzzle and
you’re constantly problem-solving and thinking through how to do it and there
are hundreds of ways to approach the same exact problem and this particular
project is exactly that was a big puzzle you know and Mary did a huge portion of
the puzzle and she figured out all the math and the geometric shapes but then
we got to figure out how do we get this thing on the wall so it stays on the
wall. I think it will be transformational for Beth. Of so many community
development projects take years to do and they may not even be that visible
when they’re done but this is instantly going to bring the life in color to our
new tree. We have a tremendous number of people
passing through town and for a lot of years there hasn’t really been a reason
to stop so we very much hope these art projects will make them think twice and
change their perceptions of Bethel and maybe stop and stay a while maybe decide to stay for good. This tour has been an incredible
experience. I met so many amazing people each mural was its own world I partnered
with community organizers or artists in each location and I feel really lucky to
have worked with them and seen their dedication. I look at things completely
differently now. I can’t wait to keep going I can’t wait
to keep applying what I’ve learned I can’t wait to keep creating art.

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