A labor of love for local gallery owner and artist Joni Parker-Roach will come into bloom this Saturday afternoon, when a 75-foot long mural she spearheaded, is dedicated as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of The Nashua River Rail Trail. The mural has been “under construction” by Parker-Roach and a “design team” of art students from her NOA Gallery for two years.
The massive work of art depicts the history of Groton, as seen from the rail line that became the rail trail. It’s painted on the wall of the Pleasant Street underpass.
She wrote in a press release:
“On Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1-3 p.m., there will be a grand celebration of 10 years of enjoyment of our fabulous Nashua River Rail Trail and the dedication of the latest piece of public art â€”- the historical rail road mural at the Pleasant Street underpass in Groton, MA. Saturday is the annual state-wide â€œPark Serveâ€ day so there will be many volunteers cleaning and sprucing up our beloved rail trail. At 1:00 p.m. we will break to celebrate the 10 years of enjoyment that the trail has provided to us all.
We will also dedicate the latest piece of public art from a collaboration with the art students at NOA Gallery of Groton. The Design Team of five of NOAâ€™s art students ranging in ages from 11-14 and their instructor spent two years researching, designing, drawing and painting the 12â€™ X 75â€™ mural depicting a timeline of the history of the railroad that ran on this rail trail from 1848-1981 in Groton, MA.
Help us to celebrate the community service of these talented young artists, the support of their parents and many of the other NOA students who contributed the creation of this mural. And also to all the organizations who helped support them in these public art projects: The Friends of the Nashua River Rail Trail, The Groton Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Groton Historical Society, The Groton Library, Lawrence Academy and many passing by who stopped to admire and help us paint a little of the mural. This is truly a community creative collaboration!
Come celebrate with us. We will have refreshments, guest speakers and possibly live music. Come enjoy the beauty of our fantastic rail trail and our latest piece of public art.”