New mural going up downtown
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | July 22,2014
Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
The building housing the former Stoplight bar on the corner of West and Evelyn streets in Rutland is seen with a fresh coat of white paint Monday after the mural that once decorated the side of the building was recently removed.
Downtown Rutland’s newest mural is displacing one of its predecessors.
The scene of a farmer on his way to the market by Kathryn Palmer-Wiegers has come down from its spot overlooking Evelyn Street. The mural will be relocated and in its place is planned a piece by Peruvian artist Persi Narvaez, who painted another mural just around the corner on the side of the Opera House in 2012.
The new effort was arranged by the Chaffee Art Center, and executive director Margaret Barros was vague about what Narvaez had planned.
“I can tell you that it will involve prominent architecture in Rutland City and it will be a composition involving many different public buildings and landmarks,” she said. “It will be meaningful to people who live here and people who come back to visit. ... Not a cityscape, so to speak, not a panoramic line ... He’s taking some artistic license with spacing, but you’re going to recognize some of the buildings.”
Nor was the destination of the Palmer-Wiegers mural readily available Monday.
“I haven’t 100 percent secured the new location,” Downtown Rutland Partnership executive director Michael Coppinger said. “This all happened relatively quickly.”
Coppinger said removing the old mural was a simple task.
“It was on six panels that were attached on there,” he said. “That’s how we’ve done our murals ... in case they need to be moved or repaired.”
Barros said that Narvaez’s companion, Nora Valdez, participates each summer in the Carving Studio’s stone bench project, and he accompanies her to the area.
Board members at the Chaffee are housing Narvaez, and the Chaffee hopes to recruit some local Spanish-speaking art students interested in working with him. Barros said Paul Gallo provided a lift for 10 days and put down the base layer on the side of the building using paint donated by Noble Ace Hardware. She also said Sherwin-Williams has pledged the paint for the mural itself. Narvaez plans to begin work this week, and Barros said the mural should be complete in August.
“His plan is to be out there about 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. — when it’s in full sun, it’s too hot for him,” she said. “When there are cloudy days, he’ll be out there, probably, nonstop. If I interpreted him correctly, you’ll be able to see something by Saturday.”