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Mural at Castle Island

Posted by admin on July 1, 2016 at 7:55 PM


For the past six or seven days … up until the end of last week …members of the South Boston Arts Association spent a few hours each morning painting a mural on the side of the Boat House at the Harry McDonough Sailing Center at Castle Island.



There’s a simple answer for why we spent just a few hours in the mornings … the sun … and we all know, “… only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun.” … well that’s according to Rudyard Kipling or one of those other British writers.



And the space between the Painting wall surface and the railing was just about 2 and one half feet. It’s kind of difficult to step back and check on the progress. Had to run out the gate and down the walk towards Sully’s to get a look at what we were doing.



The full size of the mural is 30 feet by 9 feet. Actually the siding is ten feet high … but nine was about as high as we wanted to go. The Lagoon water temperature being below a reasonable comfort level.



The mural a replica of a painting by the late Irish Painter John Skelton, called ‘Landing the Curragh’. The ‘curragh’ being sort of an Irish dingy.



The Southie Arts Association’s mural was duly recognized at the official opening of the Sailing Center last week. All aboard seemed to like the look.



Three or four years back painters from the Southie Arts Association painted a mural on a storage unit at L Street Bath House beach. Only thing is … the mural faces Dorchester Bay and perhaps the only ones who could enjoy the look are people from UMASS and the Kennedy Library … with spy glasses.



The painters who worked on the Boat House mural are: Janette Chaparro, Paul Conley, Claire Conway, Dennis Conway, Billy Frew, Dan McCole, Don Mejra and Debby O’Toole.



The boat house mural will be seen by thousands and admired by all. That’s nice.







Dan McCole, president


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