BEVERLY — The Cabot has selected two artists from England and one from Brazil to install murals on the outside walls of the historic Beverly theater.
Helen Bur and Sam Worthington of London and Alex Senna of Sao Paulo, Brazil, were selected from more than 70 mural artists who applied for the project, The Cabot announced Thursday.
Bur and Worthington, who are artistic partners, will create a mural for one wall, while Senna will do the other wall. They will create the murals from July 8 to 20.
Bur said in a press release that she and Worthington will collaborate on a mural that "symbolises the strength of the community and its ability to give a platform to creative expression with a view to empowering people."
Senna said he will put together a "historic and elegant design . . . a character that represents the people (of Beverly) and the theater."
The murals will be on the outside side walls of the 1920 theater, which is located at 286 Cabot St. in downtown Beverly.
The mural project is being funded by a grant from the Essex County Community Foundation's Creative County Initiative, in addition to nearly $40,000 from more than 150 donations, the theater said. The Cabot is working on the project with Beyond Walls, a creative placemarking nonprofit based in Lynn.
The Cabot said the public is encouraged to to stop by and watch the artists work. It will host a "Meet the Artists" party on July 16 that will be open to the public and will include a free public art film screening.
When the murals are complete, there will be a ribbon-cutting party and community dedication ceremony featuring Riverwalk Brewing and food trucks at The Cabot on Aug. 6. Beverly Athletic Club will sponsor the ceremony and host family-friendly games, the theater said. There will also be a private welcome party for the artists at Chianti restaurant in early July.
"We cannot wait to see the completed installations and hope that Helen, Sam, and Alex’s work will inspire other similar public art works, which are of such tremendous benefit to the community,” Casey Soward, executive director of The Cabot, said in a press release.
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