FALMOUTH – Encouraging voting is always a goal for the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Falmouth and today’s first ever Community Paint Day was no exception.
A large colorful mural with a voting theme is set up at the centrally located Peg Noonan Park on Main Street, and Falmouth Selectmen are allowing the mural to stay on display in the park up to Election Day on November 3.
The League had an enthusiastic turn out for their call to the public to help paint the mural, which was designed by artist Jackie Reeves of Sandwich.
Due to the pandemic and the importance of social distancing, the League required participants to sign up for specific times when they would come to paint. Sarah Pring, an organizer of the event, said all painting slots were taken for the Paint Day, a great sign of support from the community.
Reeves, who was painting the mural along with others of all ages, designed the piece as a kind of giant paint by numbers. She provided the outline and the color guide. All the participants had to do was match the colors to the numbers on the mural and start painting.
Under breezy blue and sunny skies, the three-sided mural features illustrations of how to vote (early voting; by mail; or in person); a reminder that this year is the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote; and a call out to all to cast their ballots.
As a follow-up to the mural project, the League is sponsoring an art contest in conjunction with the Falmouth High School Art Department and the Falmouth Art Center. High School students have been encouraged to make posters urging people to vote and those posters will be displayed in an online slideshow and shared via social media.
At the Falmouth Art Center, everyone is invited to submit art with the theme of encouraging voting. Artwork can be brought to the Art Center at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth. The art can be in any medium and submission is free. The League and Art Center members will choose top entries to be awarded $25 gift certificates from the League.
ArtsCape is a Cape Cod Wave column about arts on Cape Cod written by Laura M. Reckford, co-founder of Cape Cod Wave and executive director of the Falmouth Art Center.
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