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Wheat Paste Mural of "Our Town" by Siri Beckman @ 16 State Street (side of building)


  • 16 State Street (Outside of Building) 16 State Street Ellsworth, ME, 04605 United States (map)

A mural installed on September 28th from the work of artist Siri Beckman is available for viewing 24 hours a day & 7 days a week. The piece entitled ”Our Town" was inspired by City Hall 30 years ago while Beckman was a resident artist on the second floor of 25 Pine Street now Atlantic Art Glass Studio. On September 28th local artists Jon Ho and David LaValle meticulously hung the piece with a commonly used method of installation that dates back before the nineteenth century known as wheat paste. Ellsworth’s historic city hall was built in 1934-35 after a devastating fire destroyed the old city hall. It is a municipal building with Georgian Revival features unusual for Maine. The building was designed by Philadelphia architect Edmund Gilchrist, and is reflective of that area. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. This building symbolizes Ellsworth’s position as the County seat and showcases a sense of pride in the historic downtown area for residents and visitors alike. Beckman has skillfully mastered the technique of wood engraving. Working in the medium for more than 30 years she is still producing prints employing this relief printmaking method. The concept of engraving (incising a line in a hard material like wood, stone or metal) is as old as our Paleolithic ancestors. For more information on the artist visit siribeckman.com or to purchase the print visit Courthouse Gallery at 6 Court Street, Ellsworth, Maine.