, Salem, MA

June 11, 2013

What's new? A mural to be painted as part of Arts Fest

By Will Broaddus
Staff writer

---- — Beverly Main Streets is just as creative as the artists they host at Arts Fest and always manages to come up with something new.

This year, they will double down on new additions, with a slate of fresh faces performing great music and a mural project on Pond Street that will have everyone craning their necks to see.

The mural is the idea of artist Philip Coleman of Angelmex ll Studios, which is located at the Porter Mills Studios.

“He was approached by Jan and Don Preston,” owners of the gift shop Casa de Moda, said Heather Wolsey of Beverly Main Streets. “Because they have this vision. They’re very interested in public art.”

The mural is going to be painted on one of Casa de Moda’s walls, Wolsey said, on the Pond Street side.

It will be painted “trompe l’oeil” style, a super-realistic technique for portraying objects.

“It means ‘to fool the eye,’ or something like that,” Wolsey said.

It will depict a streetscape, and will be named “Calle Casa,” which is Spanish for “Casa Street,” to honor Casa de Moda.

The mural is sponsored by Beverly Main Streets and several other local businesses and will enlist the aid of two Montserrat College of Art students as interns.

The mural has been started, but the work done during Arts Fest Beverly should provide a dramatic display of artistic skill in action.

Coleman, who has done other murals around the country will do two more at the back of Casa de Moda in the future, Wolsey said.

There are several other murals downtown, including one painted by Montserrat students on the side of Cabot Street Cinema Theatre, parts of which depict the costumes that were used by Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company, which ceased performing at the theater last year.

“Main Streets supports public arts like this,” Wolsey said. “We want to have public art downtown for everybody to enjoy.”

The new musical performers this year include the talented Beverly High School Jazz Sextet, which is led by Adam Costa and will include students Mikey Cookson on trumpet, Ryan Noss on trombone, Alex Walsh on keyboards, Liam Beaudoin on bass, Alex D’Alfonso on drums and Owen Bolas with effects/samples.

This talented group plays everything from jazz standards to avant-garde fusion. The latter style will feature the digital manipulations and electronic textures provided by Bolas.

Another new note will be provided by Kirsten and Dave, who play a variety of styles that include acoustic pop, country, acoustic blues and folk/bluegrass. They each play a variety of instruments and blend their voices with sweet harmonies in a mix of cover tunes and original songs.

Kirsten and Dave have been playing together since 2002, which means they have learned how to make pleasing sounds, and these earned them a spot as finalists on the 2007 season of “Community Auditions.” They also played at Fridays on the Square, a music series sponsored by Beverly Main Streets, and were “well-liked,” Wolsey said.

Finally, singer/songwriter Michael Maloney, a young college student, will make an appearance. He blends alternative and classic soft/pop rock into a unique style and recently donated the proceeds from his recording of an original song, “Back to Boston,” to One Fund Boston to help victims of the Marathon bombings.

Maloney, who was treated for a hip condition at Children’s Hospital, also recorded a song, “Maybe This Christmas,” that raised $1,430 for the hospital over the last two winters.