By Stephen E. Lipken
The Village of Mamaroneck proudly welcomed Mamaroneck Historical Murals, in conjunction with Street Art for Mankind, beginning on Saturday, April 13th, culminating with a guided Art Walk on Saturday, April 20th.
Five murals were painted by international street artists now completing wall art in Manhattan in association with the United Nations; a sixth artist was selected by Mamaroneck Arts Council.
The Spring Break celebration began on Saturday with a mural by Victor Ash, atop a building on 108 Mamaroneck Avenue.
Commenting on his artwork “Looking Down Looking Up,” Ash said, “The subject that I was supposed to work with for this mural was ‘diversity.’ When I think about diversity, I think about respect. I think about minorities and regular people that interact together and respect each other... The first character looks down; the last character looks up. When you feel down, something inside tells you that you should look up.
“I tried to take diverse faces that were not too charismatic or racist... I tried to put the various characters together and maybe people can recognize themselves. It is mostly about respect, respecting each other and the community and not just judging people by their ethnicity but by their work and their contributions to society.”
On Sunday, April 14, Street Art for Mankind (SAM) Co-Founder Thibault Decker said that the point of the Mamaroneck Historical Society is “to tell the story of the Village which is kind of unique, talking about diversity and famous actors who were here, glamorous Mamaroneck, natives and the waters…”
To illustrate this, London-based artist Mr. Cenz is creating a mural on Phillips Park Road featuring actors Ethel Barrymore, Matt Dillon who grew up in Mamaroneck and Lillian Gish, working from photographs. Many relatives of Dillon were present, including his mother, aunt, sister-in-law, nieces and a close friend.
On another wall, Toronto artist Bruno Smoky’s mural, “Navigating Through Waters of Mamaroneck” addressed the Town/Village’s nautical history, showing a ship making its way past a giant fish and heading for crashing waves.
SAM is a non-profit organization working with prominent street artists from around the world to raise awareness of child slavery through the power of art.