Rick Price at work on the "River Beacons" mural.A pre-viewing of Rick Price's latest mural will be held on Saturday, Nov 15 from 4-5:30 at Beacon Studios. The yet to be completed mural is sponsored by the Beacon Sloop Club and is destined to be installed on the exterior wall of the building that houses RiverWinds Gallery as one of Beacon's official 2009 Quadricentennial projects. From the press release:
The River Beacons mural celebrates Beacon’s river town heritage and lifestyle, the Beacon Sloop Club’s replica sloop Woody Guthrie’s 30th anniversary, and the statewide Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.
The painting, 15 feet high and 10 feet wide, will hang on the copious brick western wall of Riverwinds Gallery; on the corner of Cross Street and Main Street, facing Hudson Beach Glass. The location will make this mural highly visible to Beaconites and visitors, inviting both to enjoy, preserve and celebrate the Hudson River and Beacon’s river town heritage.
Support for the mural has been received from the Dutchess County Arts Council (DCAC), The Puffin Foundation, The Woody Guthrie Foundation, Michael Benzer - Hudson Beach Glass, and private supporters. Rick Price received the DCAC’s 2007 County Executive Award for Art in Public Places for his mural for Beacon’s Howland Memorial Library. The new mural is an official project of the Greater Beacon 2009 Quadricentenial Committee.
The mural is epic and colorful. Rick has chosen to frame this painting with the body of a female Esopus Indian figure, representing the bounteous energy that flows through the river community. The scenes and activities depicted on the Hudson’s waters and surrounding land record the river’s history – native American habitation, the passage of the Half Moon, the steamboat era – and reflect the diverse peoples, traditions, recreation and education that take place on our river front.
Recognizable elements in the mural of everyday river-related activity include the waterfront farmers’ market, environmental education at Beacon Sloop Club festivals, alternative energy use at DIA, kayaking, folk singing, the kids from the Beacon Community Center painting river life, theWoody Guthrie and theClearwater coasting along, the rainbow hued River Pool.