Mural on Primo Press nears completion, honors icons

Published on Wednesday, 6 July 2022 13:58
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

BRISTOL – A public art mural, which will honor Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou and late city resident Barbara Ann Hudson, is nearing completion.

The mural is being painted on the Primo Press 106 Riverside Ave. by artist Michaela Levesque. A reveal ceremony is planned for July 14 at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the New England Carousel Museum at 95 Riverside Ave., which is located across the street.

Lauren Imholte, city arts and culture supervisor, said that Levesque began painting the mural in late June. It is part of the MLK39 initiative. The group RiseUP, which supports public art projects throughout the state, is partnering with 39 Connecticut communities to create 39 murals for each year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

“We applied to be part of the CT Murals MLK 39 project and we will be between the 13th and 16th community to have one completed,” said Imholte. “This project is fully funded by community donations and the Main Street Community Foundation is a matching sponsor. We were able to raise $16,000, which covers the costs of paying the artist, the materials and the equipment.”

In addition to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The local mural does feature Maya Angelou, a popular poet and civil rights activist, who died in 2014.

The mural also features late Bristol resident Barbara Ann Hudson, who was the executive director of the Amistad Foundation of the Wadsworth Atheneum and a curator of African American Art. As sole proprietor of Barbara A. Hudson & Associates, she traveled extensively and worked with up-and-coming artists as well as well-known artists from several major cities. She was nationally recognized as a lecturer, an art consultant and curator of African American Art. Hudson died in 2013.

Scott Rosado, who owns Primo Press where the mural will be located, said previously that he is glad to support the project.

"I am a believer of diversity and inclusion in our community," he said. "I’m very excited to hear the conversations that will take place as people have the ability to visualize moments in history as they are stimulated through the expression of art."

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 6 July 2022 13:58. Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2022 14:00.