Worth Knowing: Hartford to consider rotating public art in downtown WRJ at Thursday night meeting

Betty Grable graces the wall in WRJ

The Hartford Design Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday evening to review an application by WRJ-based Revolution Kim Souza to allow for a permanent rotating art exhibit on the brick wall behind her Main Street store. Souza, a first-term Hartford Selectboard member and long-time champion of downtown White River Junction, is seeking approval from the Committee to allow for the wall to host rotating art works every few months.

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The Hartford Design and Review Committee is charged with protecting the natural beauty and visual and historic character of the town and how they contribute to its economic base by reviewing design proposals that impact existing architecture, sign placement and design, site layout and streetscape design.

Souza is working with Simran Johnston, a Woodstock-based artist and gallery owner, on the project. Together they aim to create greater access for members of the public to art work by using the existing urban landscape of White River Junction. 

Seems like a pretty perfect place to showcase rotating artworks . . . .

You may have noticed that in recent months there were two additional works of art hanging on that brick wall beside the seemingly ever-present screen-printed portrait of 1950's model and icon Betty Grable by artist Dave Laro. These two pieces were recently removed to make way for the next installation. 

We think this is a simply wonderful idea and hope the Hartford Design Review Committee will recognize the value of the proposal to both residents of and visitors to White River Junction, as well as to the many businesses in the downtown area. What is there not to like?

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