Mural brightens up Calais, Maine

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 9.44.36 AMOn a wall of the Calais Community Thrift Store, a colorful seascape mural has been emerging. Nationally award-winning artist Amy Bartlett Wright is in the process of creating a mural for the Charles G. Wright Endowment for the Humanities.

Wright was selected by a committee comprised of representatives of the Endowment for the Humanities, the food pantry and a historian.Five artists submitted designs based on historic photographs.

“All artists drew their concept of what they wanted,” Hansen said. “Wright had captured exactly what we wanted without us having to direct her.”

According to Len Hanson, director of operations for the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Bank, the mural is a gift to the Calais community.

“I designed it but it’s based on some historical photographs,” said Wright. “The intent of the client is to inspire visitors to think about the history of the place.”

The thrift shop was the only place — for the mural. Unfortunately, none of the other property owners in town wanted it.

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