WINDOWS ON MAIN –Athol Bird and Nature Club President David Small announced the grand opening and dedication of the new art installation and accessible lift on Friday, June 7, at Millers River Environmental Center (MREC), 100 Main St., Athol, from 6 – 8pm. At 7 there will be a brief dedication and introduction of the contributing artists. “A dream for over 2 years, this is a celebration event! A celebration of accessible space and the diverse natural world of the North Quabbin Region. “Windows On Main” was developed and funded through the cooperation of The Athol Bird & Nature Club, The Town of Athol, and Mass Development through the “Patronicity” matching grant. We want everyone to know about this special place and the quality programs right in the center of Athol.” Small continued that many volunteers have worked tirelessly toward this unique event that make it so special. Music will be provided by local entertainers Legacy and Sweeteuphoria. This event will be held rain or shine.
Local artists have been selected to present original works of art that reflect the diversity of our natural world, historical context of this region and our promise for the future.
The artists are Justin Beatty, Bonnie Benjamin, Kim Bolton, David Brothers, Bill Fournier, Susan Paju, Richard Salvucci, Kerry Stone, David Small, Heidi Strickland, Susan Marshall, Casey Williams, and Tom Wyatt.
The original art work has been preserved in the original colors through a process where it is transferred to a metal surface for durability in an outdoor environment. Local business Lyman Signs has produced these panels for the ground level windows of the Millers River Environmental Center.
Members of the Athol Bird and Nature Club have worked to prepare the window spaces, gardens, and MREC for this dedication event.