Art and Memories
In light of the recent demolition of St. Francis of
Assisi Church the
new exhibit combines
Spire to Become:
a mural by Common Folk Artist Collective and
newspaper articles, programs, and booklets, such as Monsignor
Dunphy’s 25th and 50th anniversaries of
Built in the 1860’s, St. Francis of Assisi had one of the
steeples gracing the iconic skyline of North Adams giving rise
to our being known as Steeple City.
It was the city's oldest
Roman Catholic church and a historic landmark. In May of 2016,
the steeple collapsed, and despite impassioned cries of protest,
the church was demolished.
Common Folk Artist Collective turned heartbreak into hope
by salvaging pieces of the spire's slate and distributing them
to local artists to create a mural that commemorates the
church's rich past, North Adams’ collective present, and our
vibrant dreams for the future.
The mural consists of 20 local artists: Gwendolyn Byrd, Chris
Carr, Kathline Carr, Misa Chappell, Emily Eastman, Samwise Fox,
Allison Gageant, Katherine Haig,
Leigh Nelson, Jim Peters, Mary Redstone, Robin
Senseney, Phillip Shedd and Jessica Sweeney.
Christopher Hantman, Dave Motta, Donna Motta, Faith Motta, Hope
Motta, Nate Massari,
exhibit is in our first floor temporary gallery. It started January 28th.