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Art of work celebrated at American Mural Project gala

After 21 years, the 120-foot-long, five-stories-high mural at the American Mural Project was recently completed and celebrated at the Project's sixth annual Art of Work Gala.

Winsted, Conn. — It was a celebration of workers and the completion of a 120-foot-long, five-stories-high mural at the American Mural Project’s sixth annual Art of Work Gala. The event was held at the location of AMP at 100 Whiting St. on Saturday, September 17. After 21 years of work, the mural was recently completed.

In previous interviews, Sharon, Conn. based artist Ellen Griesedieck launched the American Mural Project as a tribute to American workers.

Attendees of American Mural Project’s Art of Work gala look at the three story mural from observing balconies in the building. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

One of the attendees at the event was Donna Burdick from Lenox, whose daughter, Lynn Kiesewetter, lives in Winsted.

Donna Burdick from Lenox and her daughter Lynn Kiesewetter. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

“To me, this mural is unbelievable,” Burdick said. “It’s unbelievable in itself, and unbelievable it’s happening in Winsted.”

The event included a celebration of American music, including performances by children’s choir Chorus Angelicus which was conducted by Gabriel Löfvall, along with performances by Theresa Thomason, and the Miss Milo Band.

Chorus Angelicus, along with Theresa Thomason, performing at the Art of Work gala on Sept. 17. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

“To us, there’s no such thing as a state border,” Executive Director Amy Wynn said to The Berkshire Edge. “I would tell people from Massachusetts to not let a border stop you. We have students, visitors, and teaching artists who are coming from Massachusetts. This mural is a celebration of workers from all over the country.”

Wynn said that AMP has received a favorable response from visitors. “They’ve really enjoyed the mural,” Wynn said. “Our visitor service team always answers the different questions posed with stories about the mural, and the people portrayed in it.”

AMP Education Programs Director Michelle Begley with Executive Director Amy Wynn. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

Wynn said that, while the mural has been completed, Griesedieck plans to add several more pieces to it, and that the educational programs at AMP will continue. “There will always be more to show,” Wynn said. “The campus will continually expand, along with activities and workshops. We plan to grow with our communities, and our community includes the Berkshires.”

For more information about The American Mural Project go to its website.

Theresa Thomason performing at the American Mural Project’s Art of Work gala. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
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