Mural dream becomes an artistic reality in Nashua
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent | July 11. 2014 5:56PM
Vivian's dream mural Barbara Andrews uses an enlarged pony express post card to help guide her while painting a mural of the former Tremont House hotel in downtown Nashua. Kimberly Houghton
“This city has so much to offer, and I am glad to have the opportunity to show off its beauty,” said Andrews, an artist who is in the process of completing her third historical mural in the city.
Vivian's dream mural Barbara Andrews paints a large mural Friday on West Pearl Street in Nashua. Kimberly Houghton
Vivian's dream mural Artist Barbara Andrews works on a massive mural Friday on West Pearl Street in Nashua. The painting is expected to be finished next week. Kimberly Houghton
Andrews found a historical postcard of West Pearl Street during the early 1900s at the Nashua Historical Society.
The 40-foot by 35-foot mural is still a work in progress, but should be completed soon. One of the major challenges with the mural is that the display wall was not constructed as an exterior wall, said Andrews. The former Tremont House hotel where Theodore Roosevelt visited was once attached to the building.
“This was truly Vivian’s dream,” said Judith Carlson of City Arts Nashua. “There is a piece of history behind this mural, and it will become a downtown icon.”
Although Vivian Walker passed away at the age of 84 in 2011, her dream will live on through the artistic talents and vision being brought forward by Andrews, and the generous donations of so many people and businesses, said Carlson.
About 12 gallons of paint have already been used on the mural, which will eventually be illuminated with lighting at night. The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony of the mural at 1:30 p.m. July 20 at the TD Bank parking lot behind Main Street.