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Montserrat College of Art Students Create Magical Mural
A class of students form Montserrat College of Art in Beverly has created a "mural of magic" on the side of the Cabot Street Cinema Theater home to the nationally known troupe of "Le Grand David and his Spectacular Magic Company."
Taught by well-known muralist Joshua Winer, whose four story Cafe DuBarry mural greets visitors to Boston's Newbury Street, the class worked with the cinema to design a mural immortalizing the history of magic and theater which is still thriving in coastal downtown Beverly.
The mural, sketched collaboratively by the dozen junior and senior students in Winer's class, depicts many of the characters appearing in the cinema's famous magic show, plus clowns, jugglers and musicians, and a giant puppet announcing the show. A small black puppy, off to one corner of the scene, sits on the ground "in front of the mural" casting a shadow on its trim.
Winer, whose background includes a degree in Fresco painting from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from Yale University and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University, is the owner of Architectural Murals. Winer said he insists students conduct a great deal of research into a subject prior to beginning the sketching process and designing a mural. Many meetings with the client, followed by any revisions, conclude the design process and the wall is then prepared for the mural to be painted.
The college and Winer are now preparing to paint a second mural which will begin following the start of the 1997-'98 academic year.
Montserrat College of Art is an independent, residential college of art and design offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, art education and a four-year professional diploma program.
Montserrat Mission: Montserrat College of Art endeavors to provide an intensive visual arts education that will enable students to sustain a lifelong involvement in art and design and to become informed, responsible members of society.
Montserrat Galleries: The exhibition and viewing of artwork is an important aspect of a Montserrat education. The Montserrat campus has four exhibition galleries are the sites of class projects, spirited discussions, quiet meditation, and social interaction.
The Montserrat College of Art Gallery and the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery are located at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA The 301 Gallery is located at 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.
Opening receptions, gallery walk-throughs, and artists' lectures complement exhibition programs. Professional Exhibitions are shown at the Montserrat College of Art Gallery. The Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery features exhibits by alumni. Montserrat also features a Visiting Artists Program.
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Editor's note: The date of this article is 7/7/97. Information about Montserrat College of Art was added 12/29/03
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