May Art

May Day (An International Poster Exhibit) by Stephen Lewis

This month the main library welcomes an exhibit of May Day posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis. Through the month of May, Stephen Lewis will be exhibiting May Day posters at the Wakefield and Beverly public libraries, and the Lynn Museum. Visit the exhibits and appreciate the struggle of workers around the world in their effort to achieve better working conditions and benefits which some of us enjoy today and many more continue to struggle for. Lewis has a collection of 8,600 posters which he exhibits regularly around Massachusetts. He can be reached at lewisposters@gmail.com. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

These exhibits are supported in part by grants from the Beverly, Lynn and Wakefield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by Roofers Local 33, Asbestos Workers Local 6, IBEW Local 103, and Painters DC 35.

Find Your Neighborhood in “Our Stomping Ground”

Come see if you can locate your neighborhood in “Our Stomping Ground,” a vibrant wood mural by Beverly resident Brian Murphy currently on display at the main library. The piece was previously on display on Cabot Street as part of Beverly Main Street’s Red Fence Art Gallery, and is a representation of all of Beverly’s unique neighborhoods.

An artist and graphic designer, Murphy envisioned a piece that “spoke” about Beverly. He was inspired to create the piece after riding his bike through the city. His clever design allows all neighborhoods to be included. Murphy wanted to make a dimensional piece for the Red Fence because previous artworks were painted. He explains, “…I came across various buildings, icons, and images that I thought would work well…By creating dimension, the piece brought in shadows, light and…changes throughout the day. Much like Beverly day in and day out.” The piece is constructed from discarded oak skids.

“Our Stomping Ground” is installed on the main library’s second floor between the Circulation and Reference desks. Need a hint to where your neighborhood is represented? A guide is available on a desk under the mural, and at the Reference desk.