Custom Painted Tree Mural

Project: Custom Painted Tree Mural
Media: Latex on wood
Size: 28′ x 5′
Client: Private Business Owner
Style: Realistic Illustration, Contemporary, Expressionistic, Representational

Looking for a way to express yourself? Large scale custom painted murals can draw customers to your business, tell a story, set a mood, energize your office or make your home feel like a palace. This original Tree Pattern was created for a long hallway in a creative business space. The light colors brightened up the vintage floor built in 1900 and gave the business a memorable statement piece.

I have created many commercial illustrations, paintings and murals, from branding murals for office spaces, forty foot murals for window storefronts to increase property value and draw visitors. Interested in our large scale Custom Painted Murals? Click here to read about our latest projects.

Contact margot@margotrogers.com for a free quote on a custom illustration for Editorial, Print and Digital Publications.

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Revitalization Mural Painting

Project: Revitalization Mural Painting                                    
Media: Latex and Pastel on acid free paper under glass   
Size: 40’ x 6’    
 Client: Beverly Main Streets and Bell Market                                                    

The Revitalization Mural is a work by Matthew and Margot Rogers conceived to energize the economy of downtown Beverly, Massachusetts, the home of their fine art and guitar studio, Wallpusher Guitars. The mural painting project is currently being showcased through a partnership with Beverly Main Streets. Commissioned to be the signature piece of a major city landmark that has recently gone up for sale, the mural was co-sponsored by Beverly Main Streets and Margot Rogers and Matthew Rogers of Wallpusher Guitars to coincide with the annual celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month.

Revitalization Mural Figures Closeup

 The mural has been featured in the press including  Wicked Local and Patch. As a large scale mural, the image literally transformed the dirty, neglected and overpriced storefront on the main street into a vibrant, buzzing place where people want to be. I wanted the mural to show that places are important, but it is really people that electrify them. It is human interaction that strengthens the foundation of our cities. Put people first, get them working together and economic growth will follow.

Artist Margot Rogers describes the mural painting as a collaborative work that celebrates the growing creative economy in their Beverly home. Standing at 40 feet long by 5 feet high, adorning a 14.000 square foot retail space, the Revitalization Mural, has many distinct features and includes a twist on the typical portrayal of community in their natural habitat. The image includes 17 life size figures cast in a bluish hue shopping in a vibrant storefront scene. “Formal architectural drawings are traditionally drawn in blue” Margot says, “We wanted the mural to show that places are important, but it is really people that electrify them. It is human interaction that strengthens the foundation of our cities. Put people first, get them working together and economic growth will follow.” The five large windows of Beverly Market are the perfect framework for this large scale depiction of kids playing with the gumball machines and shoppers running errands, stopping for coffee, and enjoying conversation.

signatureBoth Margot and Matthew share a passion for public art as a vehicle for economic growth.  The idea of revitalizing communities and local economy through art is becoming more important in our time. “We have been working with the community, and partners on the North Shore to use art as a revitalizing force for our economy.” says Margot, “It is our mission and purpose to revitalize properties that the community considers a part of their everyday experience, and to create public art that invigorates the creative economy.” The couple has used their expertise to collaborated with students and faculty from Montserrat College of Art, Gordon College and MassArt to mentor art students through their internship program.

Matthew and Margot Rogers are professional artists with a wide range of experience. Both classically trained artists, they have completed formal coursework and traditional apprenticeships, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, North Bennett Street School, and Gordon College. The team’s past works include a range of different media, from giant aluminum topiary sculptures installed in San Diego, to a line of custom electric guitars made out of reclaimed wood. Margot’s paintings are currently on display at the Harvard Adams ArtSpace, Cambridge, while Matthew’s guitars are being showcased at Minglewood and the Cape Ann Brewery, Gloucester. Their work has been showcased on Comcast TV, Thrillist Boston, North Shore Life Magazine, Art Throb, and Radio 104.9. Current works can be seen online, at MargotRogers.com and Wallpusher.com

About the sponsors: Beverly Main Street is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization focused on promoting and enhancing Beverly’s downtown economic vitality, cultural and historic resources and quality of life. Wallpusher is a Fine Arts company specializing in the design and manufacture of products such as electric guitars. Wallpusher was formed as an execution outlet for artists and authors whose mission is to maintain traditional methods of art making with a contemporary expression. The property hosting the mural, Bell Market, is for sale by the owner, if you are interested in purchasing this commercial property, please contact Ken Patel.

bell us2For the full back story on this custom painting and to walk through the entire creative process visit DesignMisfit.com Interested in our large scale Custom Painted Murals? Contact us at margot@margotrogers.com for a free quote or click here to read about our latest projects.

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Mural Collaboration

The Viva Murals, created in collaboration with Express Yourself and partially funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, are currently on view at the Beverly Public Library for the month of February.

The Viva Mural Project is a rotating Mural Installation. Led by Artist Margot Rogers, the Viva Murals depicts the theme of “Viva” translates from many romance languages to “Life” in English. The series of modular murals will strengthen the cultural life of Beverly, act as a magnet for community collaboration, and inspire creativity in schools and the workplace.

Viva Murals at Library

This project has a dual goal of serving the students who create the piece and to produce a public art piece that will serve the Beverly Community. Public art is a catalyst that can help cities like Beverly in manifold ways. As stated by AFTA (Americans for the Arts) “Most of all, public art creates a sense of civic vitality in the cities, towns and communities we inhabit and visit.”

The target audience for the project was twofold; initially it worked to serve At-Risk Youth from Express Yourself and secondly the installation will benefit the larger Community.

The mural’s design incorporates historical and cultural elements, as well as promoting community involvement by partnering with businesses and non-profits to rotate the installation throughout the city. This will be the first of many projects to beautify Beverly through partnership of Beverly organizations and individuals. As an art piece celebrating “Life,” this collaborative work will make a real long term investment in the neighborhoods both for citizens and visitors.

Murals at LibraryThe Viva Murals depict youth in costume playing drums. The colorful and imaginative design of these figures elicits the sense of play and hope from the viewer. The costumes represent the ability of the youth (and the young at heart) to make themselves into whatever they choose. The costumes are intentionally designed to look more animal than human, but they are just concealing the humans within, blurring the lines between the costumes we create and the people we become. The youth depicted are shown happy and playing drums, paying homage to the partner organization, Express Yourself, whose calling card, often used in their performances at the Wang Theatre and at their Beverly location, could be said to be the djembe.

The cultural component and artistic design of this project was led by Margot Rogers, Co-Owner of Wallpusher and Marketing and Membership Director at CIVA. Onsite at Express Yourself were leaders Paula Conrad, Co-Executive Director, and Barbara Keiter, Visual Arts Director. Margot  has experience as Project Manager for Wallpusher, Art Director at the YMCA, Americorps Fellow at Esperanza Academy, and leader of many art projects at non-profits such as The Safe Studio and The Hive. Margot is a professional Muralist and Illustrator, her most recent public art collaboration were the Advent Project presented at Ipswich High School in partnership with First Presbyterian Church in 2013, and the Revitalization Mural installation on Cabot Street in 2012.

After being shown at the library and other locations, the murals will debut at the Wang Theatre in May 2014.

lion at library

More information about our partners for this project, Express Yourself:

ABOUT EXPRESS YOURSELF
• Express Yourself celebrates the power of creative arts, working with underserved youth in the community and in Department of Mental Health (DMH) residential and inpatient treatment facilities. We celebrate cultural diversity and collaboration with these isolated youth, who come together to form their own large community. Through our programs, we immerse young people into the creative world of music, dance, and visual arts and empower these youth with life changing results.

• Since 1988, over 5,000 young people have worked with Express Yourself artists, celebrities such as Blue Man Group, STOMP, Keith Lockhart, Broadway dancers, and a host of guest artists in a culminating,
grand performance.

A YEAR-LONG IMMERSION IN THE ARTS
• Each fall, visual artists at Express Yourself develop concepts for a set design that will serve as the backdrop to the annual performance. Then everyone at Express Yourself – from the executive directors to the volunteers, from the teen mentors to individuals from partner organizations – work with Express Yourself youth to create every piece of artwork that will appear on stage.

• Many of the young people we serve come to the Express Yourself studio in Beverly each week to explore the arts. They find creative expression in music and dance as well as the visual arts. Equally important are contributions of young people at inpatient facilities. The staff and artists of Express Yourself bring their program to these facilities, where young people participate in visual and performing arts activities.

• The pieces of art produced by the young people we serve—at our studio or at other sites—become integral parts of the set and the performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center–Wang Theatre.

A PERFORMANCE THAT CELEBRATES TRANSFORMATION
The year-end performance is nothing short of electric. Nearly 2,500 family members and friends gather at the Citi Performing Arts Center –Wang Theatre to watch Express Yourself youth dance, drum, sing, and shine. The positive effect on our young people is immeasurable. Children who are not used to succeeding — and parents who are not used to seeing their children succeed — witness a special kind of joy made possible when young people find a way to EXPRESS THEMSELVES though the arts.

This year, we will celebrate our 20th performance at the Citi–Wang Theatre, and the public is welcome:

Express Yourself 20
Citi-Wang Theater, Boston
Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 pm
Free Admission
For more information about Express Yourself:
info@expressyourselfinc.org ~ www.expressyourselfinc.org

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Many thanks also to our sponsors, Massachusetts Cultural Council, who partially funded this project with their Grant Award.

 

 

Bamboo Fine Art Painting

Project: Oil on Canvas from Bamboo Series                                                                                                                                                                      

Size: 24 inches x 12 inches                                                                                                                                                                                                                Client: Private Client                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Style: Contemporary, Expressionistic, Representational

What do people see when they walk in your office? Custom fine art paintings are the perfect way to make a statement in a commercial or private setting. Custom artwork can draw customers to your business, tell a story, set a mood, energize your office or make your home feel like a palace. This original bamboo painting can be considered expressionistic, contemporary, and representational. A unique combination of the abstract and the representational, this fine art painting brings a bold combination of yellows, greens and blues. The floor was commissioned by a client as part of a Bamboo Series.

Painting sessions are available at the artist’s studio. Anyone who is interested to learn painting or drawing on any level with the artist can register for painting or drawing lessons. Small group session and one-on-one private session are available.

For the full back story on this custom painting and to walk through the entire creative process visit DesignMisfit.com Interested in our large scale Custom Painted Murals? Click here to read about our latest projects.

Contact margot@margotrogers.com for a free quote on a custom painting for your home or office.