Yarmouth Arts grant helps make Rowe School mural possible

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YARMOUTH — With the help of a grant from Yarmouth Arts, artists Mary Rehak and Page O’Rouke created a mural in the Rowe School depicting the school’s core values using inspiration from student art.

The mural covers the atrium’s eight walls and depicts the core values of being kind, safe, helpful and polite.  

Rehak said from start to finish, the mural took about a year and six months to complete.

“Page and I presented our two main ideas to the teachers of the school,” Rehak said. “They unanimously supported a mural that would have a student focus using children’s art.”

Rehak said the school community, including teachers, students and parents, were invited to create drawings that depict the core values. From these drawings, Rehak and O’Rourke selected drawings based on common themes and presented their findings to the teachers for final approval.

“We were very supported from start to finish,” Rehak said. “I cannot take credit for quite a bit of this because it was a community effort.”

Rehak, a former art teacher at the Rowe School and O’Rourke, a children’s book illustrator, finished the mural in eight days in June.

“We have very different artistic styles but have the best working relationship,” Rehak said. “Painting the mural was the highlight of my summer.”

The dedication of the mural took place on Nov. 9 at the Rowe School. The second grade class came from Yarmouth Elementary School to be a part of the celebration.

Rehak said the dedication was a good conclusion to the project.

“The mural was really created by the children. They are the artists,” she said. “It was nice to have them present for the dedication.”

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net

Artists Mary Rehak, left and Page O’Rourke painted a mural in the Rowe School atrium this past summer. The mural was created by using student drawings and input from the school community. It depicts the school’s core values, to be kind, polite, helpful and to share.

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Artists Mary Rehak and Page O’Rourke painted a mural in the Rowe School atrium this past summer. The mural was created by using student drawings and input from the school community. It depicts the school’s core values, to be kind, polite, helpful and to share. Here students from Rowe School and second graders from Yarmouth Elementary School gather to celebrate the mural dedication on Nov. 9.

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