Please join Arts Council of Tamworth and mural artist David Fichter on Thursday, December 17, 6:30 PM at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth for the kickoff event for the Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project. (Any of you planning to attend the Sandwich Singers' always wonderful concert at St. Andrew's at 7:30 is welcome to come to the first part of the presentation on your way to the concert. Art! Music! Community!)
What is the Mosaic Mural Project? In honor of Tamworth’s 250th anniversary, Arts Council of Tamworth will bring mural artist David Fichter to work with Brett students and area residents (you don’t have to live in Tamworth!) on the creation of two large glass mosaics celebrating the attributes—historical, cultural, ecological—that make Tamworth special to those of us who live and spend time here. Students and community members will design and contribute elements that Fichter will incorporate into a mural template. Community members and Brett students will work together to build the mural in March 2016 and we will also provide opportunities for families, high school students and area residents to work on the mosaics outside of school hours. We want everyone to place at least one symbolic tile on the mosaic! The murals will be installed on the left-hand front of the Brett School, a town-owned building and a location that will be visible to everyone who drives by. More info here.
The kickoff event is an opportunity to learn more about the project and begin the communal work of designing it. Fichter will show images of similar projects and explain the process, and then participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm design elements. Questions to get you thinking: What do you love about Tamworth? What are important parts of its history you believe should be included in the mosaic? What resources do you know of—historical images, sayings, poems, places—that would be helpful to the artist? Participants are also invited to bring images such as old photos that Fichter might be able to incorporate into the design. If you're not able to attend, you still have until January 28 to contribute design elements.
Artist David Fichter has been creating community murals and mosaics for over 30 years, working all over the United States and in other countries, including Armenia, Georgia, and Nicaragua. He has worked with youth of all ages on over 200 permanent murals, in addition to another 70 commissioned projects.