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December 28, 2012

Seven artists to make their mark on rail trail

SALISBURY — Seven of the region’s artists will spend time this winter preparing for spring, when their works will be unveiled at the Salisbury Rail Trail Connector Art Walk along the banks of the Merrimack River at the Route 1 Gillis Bridge.

Works by Jim Angelone, Raymond Guertin, Edith Heyck, Debi Libuda, Stephanie Noah, Peggy Omer and Claudia Owens have been chosen to hang on the Gillis Bridge abutments, according to Salisbury Planning Director Lisa Pearson.

The winners were selected from 11 proposals that were submitted after the call went out seeking 4-by-7-foot works of art to be part of a multi-panel mural decorating the cement walls of the connector.

The mural aims to honor the theme of historic cultural Salisbury and the pieces chosen exemplify that perfectly, Pearson said. Murals will showcase beach scenes, the town’s expansive salt marsh, a horse pulling a plow representing Salisbury’s farming heritage, a seascape of Ring’s Island and lobster buoys to highlight the town’s link with the fishing industry.

Angelone, a Methuen resident and freelance artist, said he decided to submit a proposal because he grew up spending summers with his grandparents at their home at Salisbury Beach.

“My picture will represent the time I spent with my grandfather while we walked down to the jetty,” he said.

Four impressive facades of “Salisbury’s Beacons” by Ipswich architect Raymond Guertin also caught the eye of the selection committee, Pearson said.

“Some of the most notable structures of Salisbury have become symbols or landmarks identifying the history and character of the town,” Guertin wrote in his proposal.

The four beacons include the 1834 East Parish Meeting House clock tower, the 1873 Ben Butler’s Toothpick, Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church’s 1947 steeple, and the newest local pinnacle, the Institution for Savings clock tower constructed in 2006.

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