HALLOWELL — The Hallowell Cultural Committee’s Lyceum series will continue with a presentation by Hallowell artist Christopher Cart at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, in the City Hall auditorium, 1 Winthrop St. The event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted to support future projects of the Hallowell Cultural Committee.

In 2014 Christopher Cart was commissioned through the Maine Arts Commission to create a 14-foot by 40-foot mural for the new Kennebec County Superior Courthouse being built in Augusta. Completed in early 2015, this is Cart’s sixth major mural in the region.

Cart will discuss the mural process from commission of “Kennebec” through the various stages of research, model studies and on toward the final finished mural. The talk will be accompanied by a slideshow of the finished mural as well as the many drawings and colors studies created to develop the composition.

The mural evokes the grandeur of the river valley history and prehistory, alive in the people who survived and thrived along its untamed shores.

Cart painted more than 50 figures, cutting ice, hauling granite, building ships, exploring and building lives. Although the mural does not document famous people or events, many of Cart’s models were well-known Maine figures, including Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, Justice Joseph Jabar, and architect Alan Kuniholm.

The Hallowell Lyceum Series is a project of the Hallowell Cultural Committee, a consortium of Hallowell citizens and nonprofits including Gaslight Theater, Hallowell Board of Trade, Harlow Gallery, Hubbard Free Library, Ian Parker Foundation, Row House and Vaughan Homestead Foundation.

For more information, call 622-3813 or visit [email protected].

images attached Chris Cart posing with “Kennebec” and detail shots

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