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Lisbon, Downeast to unveil mural

Times Record


November 9th, 2010

A new mural based on Frank Gross’ painting of Lisbon’s Main Street in the 1930s will be unveiled in Lisbon on Friday.

LISBON — The Lisbon Revitalization Design Committee and Downeast Energy will host a celebration Friday at 2:30 p.m. to unveil a large town mural.

According to organizers, this large mural is a replica of Frank Gross’ painting of Main Street in the 1930s. Gross, now in his 80s, has created many historical art paintings over the years and has contributed his work to the town of Lisbon.

At 8 feet by 16 feet in size, this mural was painted by volunteers under the guidance of Jennifer Fox, an art teacher at Lisbon High School. Fox, who has more than 20 years of experience painting murals, donated her time for this project.

The celebration will be held at the Downeast Energy building at 5 Main St., in Lisbon Falls. There will be cake and refreshments, and a chance for attendees to enter a giveaway for 100 gallons of fuel gift card from Downeast Energy.

A special thanks will be given to Frank Gross at the celebration for allowing the committee to replicate his art, and to community day painters who volunteered their time including: Mike Leslie and Maureen King of Downeast Energy, Ryan O’Connor of Lisbon Credit Union, Amy Cunningham and Laurel Dufton of the Lisbon Design Committee, Twila Lycette who is Lisbon’s town clerk, Peggy Jergens, Cody Landry, Sarah Alto, Cody Watson, Kenneth Stack, Ria Ent, Jordan Fox, Dylan Fox and Pam Ouelette; and members of Frank Gross’ family, Andrea Gross Marshall, Irene Gross, Stephanie Gross, Abby Gross, Kate Gross, and Nason Michael.

Downeast Energy has donated its wall for the installation of the piece and funded the project. Captain Puffin will be on hand to greet attendees.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this project and want to support the people of Lisbon and their efforts in revitalizing downtown,” said Mike Leslie, general manager of Downeast Energy’s Lisbon Falls office.

Aubuchon Hardware donated all of the paint and Fern’s body shop donated its shop, labor and materials to clear coat the mural. An aerial lift will be used to attach the mural to the building.

From noon to 2 p.m., the Marion T. Morse Community Center at 18 School Street in Lisbon Falls will be open to the public. Many of Frank Gross’ paintings will be on display at the center.

The Lisbon Revitalization Design Committee along with many other groups are working together to become a “Main Street Community” under the National Main Street Network. This network is a proven strategy for revitalization, a powerful network of linked communities, and a national support program that leads the field.

The rain date is Nov. 19.

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