BEVERLY — The Cabot has selected two international artists to create and install murals on the theater’s exterior walls. Helen Bur of London, England, and her artistic partner, Sam Worthington, will collaborate on one piece. Alex Senna of Sao Paulo, Brazil, will create the other mural. The artists will work on murals July 8-20.
“I would like to work with my partner [Worthington] to collaborate on a mural that symbolizes the strength of the community and its ability to give a platform to creative expression with a view to empowering people,” said Bur.
“I’m going to put a historic and elegant design together, a character that represents the people (of Beverly) and the theater,” said Senna.
Stemming from a grant awarded by Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative and in partnership with Beyond Walls, the creative placemaking Lynn-based nonprofit, The Cabot received more than 70 mural artist applications. A public art advisory committee comprised of Beyond Walls staff, Beverly residents, business owners and public art enthusiasts selected the two finalists.
A series of events are planned to celebrate the installation. The Cabot will host a Meet the Artists party on July 16, open to the public, that will include a free public art film screening. When the murals are complete, The Cabot will host a ribbon-cutting party and community dedication ceremony on Aug. 6, featuring Riverwalk Brewing, food trucks and more.
“It has been truly exciting to watch this installation come together and see how involved our community is in enhancing The Cabot’s natural beauty and presence in Beverly. We are truly thankful for their participation,” said J. Casey Soward, executive director of The Cabot. “We cannot wait to see the completed installations and hope that Helen, Sam and Alex’s work will inspire other similar public art works, which are of such tremendous benefit to the community.”
For nearly a century, The Cabot in Beverly has been a local treasure, a dream palace at the heart of the downtown, and a welcoming gathering place for generations of North Shore residents. Originally known as The Ware, this opulent, neoclassical-style theater was built in 1920 by the renowned architectural firm Funk & Wilcox. Originally used for vaudeville shows and silent movies, it was later owned by the movie chain E.M. Loews. In 1976, The Cabot was purchased by Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, and for the next 36 years was home to this world-famous magic show. The Cabot is now being transformed into a 21st century venue for audiences of all ages, with nationally recognized live performers, current and classic movies and community events. Since its reopening in November 2014, The Cabot is once again a vital part of the North Shore’s artistic life. The Cabot will celebrate its 100th anniversary all year long in 2020, with aim to complete renovations by its 100th birthday on Dec. 8, 2020. For more information, visit https://thecabot.org.