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Art In Public Places Says Thanks

Franklin Marval next to the first Art Box installation of J.A.S. Monks' painting of Jack the Dog.
Franklin Marval next to the first Art Box installation of J.A.S. Monks' painting of Jack the Dog.

As we launch the new year and reflect on the past one, the Art in Public Places fund, a new Medfield Foundation Initiative, wishes to acknowledge those that were instrumental in launching the Art Box program. This program will use six traffic signal boxes in town to share stories of Medfield’s history through images and text.

First, thanks goes to our Selectmen: Richard DeSorgher, Mark Fisher, and Pete Peterson, and municipal leaders including Town Administrator Mike Sullivan, Police Chief Meaney, the Cultural District and the Downtown Study Committee, who all granted permission to pursue this. The Historical Society including Cheryl O’Malley, David Temple and JoEllen Collins, provided images, stories, text, and original artwork. Our Designer Franklin Marval of cyantastudio.com braved the cold and difficult installation conditions to provide excellent service. Patrick Floody generously provided the printing services and Rob Gregg provided the tent, hot chocolate, support, editing, and community engagement. The Zullo Gallery helped administer initial donations, and sponsors stepped forward to pay for all six Art Box installations including; APC Pest and Termite Control, MEMO, Montrose School, Park Street Books, Petrina Floody, Realtor, and one anonymous donor.

Clearly, public art relies on an extensive network of support, and we feel fortunate to be in this community. Please join us this spring and see another side of Medfield when the remaining five installations are completed.

Jean Mineo

Chair, Art in Public Places Fund

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