The first major project Main Street Rock Hall has chosen to undertake is “The Murals of Rock Hall”. We chose to focus on this project due to its timeliness and its potential to both involve and benefit our community as well as visitors.
April 1- April 30 – Prep work done on existing walls. Artists continue dialog with schools and plans developed for involving community at large.
Beginning stages of prep work for the Bayside Foods mural.
Prep work has also begun on the mural behind Java Rock.
April 24 – Students from Wye Upper School and Kent County Middle School working on the future Mainstay mural. This 4’x 8′ mural will be completed using state of the art muraling techniques, where the design is painted on parachute cloth and then adhered to the surface.
May 1 – June 7 – Murals painted!
May 7 – Progress is being made on the Bayside Foods mural.
The mural is also progressing behind Java Rock!
May 9 – Students from Galena and Garnet Elementary Schools and local homeschool students helped paint the mural at Java Rock.
May 10 – Students from Rock Hall Elementary School helped paint the mural at Bayside.
May 11 – Community Paint Day – Members of the community were able to come out to help paint from 1-4pm.
May 28 – The mural is installed behind the Mainstay.
June 6 – All three murals have been completed at Java Rock, Bayside Foods, and the Mainstay.
About the Project
This project became a priority of Main Street Rock Hall when it came to our attention that several of the existing murals in Rock Hall were – to a greater or lesser degree – in a state of deterioration and in need of attention.
These murals were a proud reflection of our community and its heritage. Execution of all of the murals involved broad-based community input and “elbow grease” to bring them to fruition, including participation from local school children, artists, and other interested citizens. Main Street Rock Hall, therefore actively sought involvement, input, and ideas, once again, from school children and community members, as we re-envision three murals for the future and recognize those who have contributed to their creation in the past.
To kick off the Murals of Rock Hall project we held an open house reception on Saturday, September 22, 2018, on Main Street. You can view the event flyer on its original event page.
Main Street Rock Hall and the Kent County Arts Council have undertaken the task of renewing and revitalizing three of Rock Hall’s murals. Our plan is to have the redesigned artwork in place before July 1st of 2019. Located on three Main Street buildings, the plans for the new designs are as follows:
Mural #1 (on Main Street wall of Bayside Foods) This mural will focus on the lives and traditions of Chesapeake Bay watermen, who continue to ply their trade and have played a significant role in shaping the Rock Hall community.
Mural #2 (along the back wall of Java Rock) This mural will pay tribute to the hard-working farmers who have been, and continue to be, an integral part of the Eastern Shore landscape.
Mural #3 (at rear entrance to The Mainstay) This mural will depict the rich and bountiful natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay, which comprise a variety of native species from plants to fish to crustaceans.
Get involved by downloading the file below and become a mural sponsor today!