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Outdoor Mural Livens Up North End Gateway

by J. Rossetti-Ford

On Friday, July 31, youngsters who are participating in the Community Renewal Team's Craftery Gallery's Summer Art Camp assisted artist Michael Borders in the creation of a new outdoor mural at the Craftery building at 1445 Main Street.

The mural is on the east wall of the building, which stands at the intersection of Albany Avenue and Main Street (the "Gateway to the North End") and measures 15 feet high and 85 feet long.

The art project is being supported by proceeds from the 1998 ATP Doubles tennis Championship, sponsored by Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance Company.

Borders and the youngsters from the art camp have been working on the project for several weeks. The mural should be completed by mid-August. The summer arts camp program is supported by the Community Renewal Team of Greater Hartford and funded by the City of Hartford's Department of Human Resourses.

The CRT Craftery Gallery is the only African American visual arts facility operating year-round in the State of Connecticut. In addition to exhibits, the Craftery promotes art awareness and other community arts programs.

"We are still going strong after twenty five years of artistry and education in the heart of the African-American community in Hartford our home. The dream of enhancing recognition of established minority visual artists and to encourage aspiring artists by providing them with an accessible quality exhibition environment lives on with the newest outdoor mural. So many fine folks need to be recognized for all their outstanding efforts for this latest project. I send my deepest appreciation to the entire Hartford community and to Artist Michael Borders," said Founding and Current Gallery Director Jonathan Bruce.

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