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Museum quality prints are now available to the general public of the four Stilphen “Murals” installed in the Arch in 2005. In 1991, Jim Stilphen, then a graphic artist for Bath Iron Works, painted these four remarkable paintings on 4×8’ plywood to be gateway signs for the City of Bath. The “Arleigh Burke” painting was at Witch Spring Hill; the “Edward Sewall” painting was on the lawn of the Custom’s House, and the “Bath Waterfront” and the “1991 map of Downtown Bath” paintings were back to back in Waterfront Park. Weather was not kind to the original frames, and they were taken down and stored in BIW’s Dove House. When that building faced demolition, SPI and Maine Maritime representatives were invited to go over the contents. Tucked away in the back room were the gateway signs.Judy Barrington and Martha Mayo moved the gateway signs to Winter Street Center. We came to call them murals. Several years later, Tom Edwards and Polly Goldman led in their restoration. Fortunately, an interview with Jim Stilphen was recorded and transcribed. Before the murals were framed in Lexan, photographer Mike Leonard of Yarmouth took high quality pictures of them. He then spent hours editing his images. The result is high definition images that can be ordered through the Main Street Bath office.
The narrowness of the Arch and the glare of a flash on the Lexan make it impossible to take a quality picture of the murals now that they are installed. Don’t despair! Order the print or prints of your choice from Main Street Bath. 10″ X 20” prints are $50 plus tax. 20″X40” prints are $125 plus tax. Notecards are also available at $10 for a set of 4. Proceeds from sales of prints support Main Street Bath’s mission to preserve and promote historic downtown Bath.
To order your print or for more information call 207-442-7291 or visit the Main Street Bath office at 15 Commercial Street, Bath, ME, 04530.