LOWELL – Artist Janet Lambert Moore put the finishing touches on her last mural several weeks ago.
The 27-foot beach scene, vividly painted on a wall in the loan operations department of Lowell’s corporate headquarters in downtown Enterprise Bank, is Moore’s 30th mural and his second for Enterprise. It is also the bank’s latest acquisition in its extensive collection of original artwork by local artists.
âWe have over 800 original works of art in the bank’s collection, created by more than 300 different artists,â said Andrew Duncan, the bank’s community and cultural liaison, who has worked with Moore and the employees. from the bank for the design of the mural.
âWe always ask employees what kind of art they would like to decorate their workspace, and we listen to their feedback. In doing this, they take pride in the work, âDuncan said.
Enterprise Bank’s community art program dates back to its founding in 1988 – and it’s been a win-win situation from the start, according to the bank’s founder and chairman of the board George Duncan, father of Andrew.
âWe always knew we wanted to use the work of local artists in our branches to support the local economy and artists,â said George Duncan. “This is a positive result for everyone, including the bank, since the artists have become big clients.”
“They’ve always supported local artists,” said Moore, whose other Enterprise mural in Arnold Lerner’s boardroom depicts the beginnings of Lowell’s industrial history.
The art program is a key part of the bank’s long history of community involvement. It starts with the Duncans who contact local arts associations in the communities served by the bank.
âThere are great artists out there,â said George Duncan, noting that they will soon be looking for artwork to enhance the bank’s new branch – its 27th – in Londonderry, NH, which will open in 2022.
âAndrew puts a number of pieces together and lets the employees choose the art to decorate their desks. Some loan officers are so attached to their works that they ask to take them with them when they move to a new branch, âhe said.
Moore’s mural was born when the decision was made to add works of art to a large space, divided in the middle by a vestibule and including a marble statue of Jay Hungate.
âWe had this statue, flanked by two large empty walls,â he said. âYou would need a large painting on either side of the statue, and such large paintings are hard to come by. It is also a challenge to gain appreciation for the employees who are seated next door.
Andrew asked employees who work near the wall to share what they envision here. Ultimately, they decided they wanted to watch a beach scene.
Moore designed a small drawing of the scene she envisioned – and after working for three weeks, 9 am to 5 pm each day, she “turned a white wall into an uplifting and colorful beach scene that our employees will enjoy. all year round, âhe said. .
It was a pleasure working with Moore, said Andrew Duncan, who took art lessons with her when he was in school.
âJanet is awesome – a real community artist,â he said. âThe employees all loved her and appreciated that she worked there. “
Moore added items they requested like a shark or a sandcastle to the scene to make it personal. She included a beach umbrella in purple and yellow, nicknamed it the MaryEllen Fitzpatrick Umbrella, named after a retired bank vice president now living on Cape Cod, and for which she had painted objects in these same colors. And when she was done, she gave each employee a fingerprint to thank them for putting up with any disruption.
âWho knows what seeds are being planted in terms of creativity with all this involvement? Duncan said.
It was definitely a win-win situation for all, Duncan and Moore agree.
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