Public invited to ‘Meet the Artists’ that will paint rail-trail murals

BETHLEHEM — Art on the Rail Trail, a committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, is holding a Meet the Artists Community Meeting at the Bethlehem Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Three artists who have been selected as finalists for the first mural on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail will discuss their proposals and answer questions from attendees. Each artist will bring drawings and community members are invited to view each proposal and submit opinions to the committee that selected the artists.

The artists were asked to propose a mural based on the ideas of connectivity and motion, and were chosen based on experience, talent, and adherence to the idea presented for the mural.

“The Rail Trail is about bringing people together, by joining together towns the trains once serviced. So we put connectivity into what we want addressed in the art work,” said committee member Paul Barrett. “The trail also really is about movement, about people moving, whether they are walking, running or biking. So we would like the mural to reflect that idea as well.”

The mural site is at the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue in Delmar, and work is underway to clean and prepare the building for painting. Fundraising is ongoing, and donations are still being accepted. By late October, the mural is expected be complete and there will be a mural unveiling ceremony.

More information can be found on ART’s website: www.mohawkhudson.org/ART.

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