What can be better than Westport’s Minute Man, down by the beach?
How about a 2nd Minute Man — this one downtown?
Jimmy Izzo — the Mayor of Main Street — caught an artist in action yesterday. He was decorating the construction fence in front of the old YMCA, part of the new Bedford Square project.
His name is Jahmane. He’s based in Norwalk, and has exhibited at the Westport Arts Center (among many other places).
Let’s hope this one is not decorated the way our Minute Man friend down at Compo sometimes is.
PS: Who says Westport is no longer an artists’ colony?
Meanwhile, in related fence-painting news, the Westport Arts Center, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and Westport Downtown Merchants Association are sponsoring a “Westport Paints The Town” event a week from tomorrow (Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.).
Individuals and families can have their “selfies” outlined on the wall by artists, or can paint their own artistic vision. A $10 per person fee helps cover artists and supply costs. (Professional artists will also participate.)
Tables and chairs will be set up on Church Lane, which will be closed to cars during the event. Restaurants including SoNo Baking Company, Spotted Horse and Pink Sumo will take orders curbside. And a DJ will add music to the art.
This is going to be a really fun event. We have professional artists who will oversee the art and help with guiding participants to create their own art by painting themselves and some of the icons if they are up to the task.
Come on out, Next Saturday and help Westport Paint the Town, on the wall around Bedford Square. It will be a great block party with music and food from the vendors who are on Church Lane.
After attending this event, be sure to come to the Yankee Doodle Fair at the Westport Woman’s Club.