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Friday, September 05 2014

Welcome to Railroad Salvage

Adapted from an Anne Harding press release:

A new, free, art exhibit is now open daily, from 10AM to 4PM, through Sept 30th, in the Great Hall at the Great Falls Discovery Center.  Welcome to Railroad Salvage features constructions, reliefs, and large scale drawings by Turners Falls artists Nina Rossi and Barbara Milot.  In addition, there is a historical timeline and commentary by Anne Harding, also of Turners Falls.  Visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibit by leaving their thoughts, comments, and memories on the timeline.

An opening reception will be held mid-show on Saturday, September 13th, from 1-4PM.  The artists will be on hand to discuss the inspiration behind their works and their shared passion for the crumbling mill building.  Both had long been fascinated by the building, and its increasingly dilapidated appearance, and it became the focus of some of their art work.  A chance discussion was the inspiration behind the show.  Though each artist worked independently on the works over time, and their styles are completely different, there are striking similarities between the building views and details in the work.  One of the constructions includes old loom parts and both artists felt compelled to print fabric featuring the building, reminding viewers that it was a cotton mill long before it became one of Rubie Vine’s infamous Railroad Salvage stores.  During the reception, at approximately 2:30PM, Ms. Harding will give a history presentation about the building, from the roots of its beginnings as the Griswold Mill to its present state of neglect. 

For further information, please contact Barbara Milot, Nina Rossi, or Anne Harding.