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Berlin Arts Committee plans to reveal mural panel, Friday

By Josh Davis | Nov 09, 2017

(Nov. 10, 2017) The Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee plans to reveal the third panel of a community mural during the second Friday art stroll this week.

Work on the mural was done in collaboration with the committee, the Germantown School Community Heritage Center, Calvin B. Taylor House Museum and muralist John Donato. Most recently, work was done at the heritage center on Sept. 16.

A reception for the unveiling is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Berlin Welcome Center on 14 South Main Street. The mural is hung on the north-facing wall of the center.

The mural panels, of which five are intended, require months of work and cost about $5,000 each to produce.

“Each one of them takes such an investment of time and energy,” committee member Robin Tomaselli said. “The people that participate in it, from the Germantown School to the Taylor House Museum, you see those two worlds and history collide on that mural, which is really important.”

Tomaselli said the mural would “tell another side to the story of Berlin,” including Berliners from the late Ed Hammond, who spearheaded the restoration efforts to the Taylor House Museum, to noted composer Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley.

“If it weren’t for a community working together, the Germantown School would’ve never gotten built and it would’ve never gotten renovated,” she said. “I think that’s an important story, particularly in the climate of today where it’s more important than ever that we all recognize we are better and this world is better when we’re all working together for the common good.

“Anything we can do as arts and entertainment or business owners or just individual people in this community to foster a mentality of ‘we’re all in this together’ [is beneficial],” Tomaselli added. “We all have way more in common than we have differences. I think that message is critical.”

A fundraiser for the committee and canned food drive is scheduled for Nov. 20 at Burley Oak Brewing Company on 10016 Old Ocean City Boulevard. The event will include a bike raffle, with proceeds going towards an art installation and functional bike rack, to be built near Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services.

The committee is preparing for another “Artists Giving Back” dinner on Nov. 28 from 2-5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on 3 Church Street. During the inaugural event last year, Tomaselli said meals were provided to 120-130 people in need.

“This year we’re hoping to feed 150,” Tomaselli said, including people who cannot leave their homes. “We welcome anyone in the community who knows somebody who might need a hot meal to reach out to us so we can add them to the list.”

The committee is also looking for commercial food donations in “restaurant-sized pans.” Contact Tomaselli at Baked Dessert Café on 4 Bay Street in Berlin or call 410-641-1800.

For more information on the Berlin Arts & Entertainment Committee, visit www.artsinberlin.org.

Also during 2nd Friday, The Globe on 12 Broad Street will host the “Weirdos Like Us” group art show, featuring small works by local artists, from 6-9 p.m.

Bleached Butterfly on 3 Pitts Street will host an open house to show new products. The shop is also working on a sneak peak of holiday arrangements for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Light fare and refreshments will be served, starting at 5 p.m.

A Holiday Makers Market with several vendors and a variety of media will be set up on Jefferson Street from 5-8 p.m., and an opening reception for “Small Treasures,” an exhibition of miniature works, is scheduled at the Worcester County Arts Council on 6 Jefferson Street. Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m.

Berlin’s 2nd Friday festivities feature art displays in shops throughout the downtown area, along with sales and specials in restaurants from 5-8 p.m.

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