Bristol Public School Art Project Has Nothing to Do with Finger Paint, Clay, or Crayons

Dan Weckerly
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Otter Street mural by Bristol artist Jean-Marc Dubus
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A segment of the mural honoring the Otter Street School.
The mural, painted on canvas sheets, will be assembled onsite at the former location of the Otter Street School.
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A new Bristol mural will commemorate the early days of the borough’s public education system, reports Bucks Local News

Artist Jean-Marc Dubus is painting a tribute to Otter Street School, erected in 1854. When completed, the canvas sheets will be assembled jigsaw puzzle-style, on the building at 142 Otter Street, address of the onetime schoolhouse. 

Aiding the project is Raising the Bar, a civic group committed to not only promoting public art but also turning to local artists to create it. 

Otter Street was the original home of a three-story brownstone schoolhouse that still stands. It was repurposed over several decades and is currently a Harris Comfort (Harris Fuels) warehouse. 

“The project presents the perfect opportunity to advance three of our goals: promoting the arts, telling a story of Bristol’s rich and diverse history, and preserving or restoring aspects of our oldest commercial buildings,” said Bill Pezza, president of Raising the Bar. 

The unveiling and dedication ceremony are scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 at 11 a.m. 

More on this art project is at Bucks Local News. 

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