SCHOONER ESTATES TEAMS WITH LOCAL ARTIST
FOR ANOTHER MURAL PROJECT
Schooner Estates is pleased to announce that it has invited well-known South Portland artist Francine Schrock to create two murals for the residents of Schooner Estates.
The first mural, “The Village Green”, will fill the large common, and recreational area inside the main entrance of the building. It will feature a geographically appropriate 360˚ landscape, with images and ideas selected by Schooner Estates residents and staff. An additional mural at the Camden Entryway will also feature a local landscape of the Lewiston/Auburn area.
The two week-long project, scheduled to begin on Sunday, January 27, 2013, was conceived by Schooner Estates’ OWNERS John Orestis and Barbra Crowley, following a recent mural executed at Fallbrook Woods in Portland, ME in October 2012.
Upon seeing the impact the process of the mural had with the residents at Fallbrook Woods, Orestis and Crowley immediately saw the value of these mural projects. “It’s really an opportunity for the residents of Schooner Estates to have ownership and interact in every step of the project,” states Orestis. Quoting Francine, “A mural is more than just a pretty picture on a wall.” “After seeing the residents light up and become fully engaged in the Fallbrook Woods project, it just made sense to invite her to do this here”, Orestis added.
Schrock, a Massachusetts native, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Maine College of Art and exhibits her work at galleries and shows across the United States. Her landscapes capture, in her words, “…those intangible qualities that define and give life to a certain place or thing.”
For Schrock, the Schooner Estates project is another opportunity to impact, inspire, and profoundly have art be the vehicle for engaging people. It not only impacts the people in the later stages of their lives, but also affects their families and staff working at the facility.
Work on the mural is scheduled to last 2 weeks, with a public unveiling slated for later in February. Photographs documenting its progress will be posted on Francine Schrock’s Facebook page. She will also create a time-lapse video of both murals.
Barbra Crowley commented, “There is a sizzle in the air, in anticipation of the beginning of this creation. Many residents plan to watch this amazing artist share the creation of the mural. It’s just terrific for the whole community”.
Francine Schrock website: www.francineschrock.com