WPA Murals Talk

Friday, October 24th at 7PM, seARTS and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts will present a talk on the WPA murals featuring Gloucester based artist and lecturer, Susan Erony. The talk will be held at City Hall and the community is invited to join in celebration of these murals and the program that created them. It is free and open to the public. Erony’s talk will focus on the WPA City Hall murals and their relation to the social, political and art history of the period. Gloucester was one of the many beneficiaries of the Federal Art Project mural program under the Works Progress Administration. From 1935 through 1942, murals were painted in the Hovey, Forbes, Eastern Avenue, Maplewood and Central Grammar Schools, the Sawyer Free Library and City Hall. They constitute a treasure, and result from the marriage between a vibrant local arts community and a generous program of the Federal Government during a devastating period in American history. Today, we are fortunate to have a group of the murals by Charles Allen Winter, Frederick Mulhaupt and Oscar Anderson on view in Gloucester City Hall. This program is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, Essex National Heritage Commission, and seARTS sponsors Kristine Fisher and Rick Crangle.