Artwork protects ongoing Edge Hill restoration

- Posted on Dec 28, 2011 - 03:53 PM

Photo: Restored windows in the old Texaco gas station on Main Street, Gloucester, are being protected by artwork from local artists in a collaborative effort of restoration and art promotion. The artists who created the coverings, from left, Amy Castleberry, Ray Friend, Leslie Belvin, Lawrence Hollingsworth and Carolyn Dudley, are shown in front of some of their work. Photo by Bruce Nelson

Restored windows in the old Texaco gas station on Main Street, Gloucester, are being protected by artwork from local artists in a collaborative effort of restoration and art promotion. The artists who created the coverings, from left, Amy Castleberry, Ray Friend, Leslie Belvin, Lawrence Hollingsworth and Carolyn Dudley, are shown in front of some of their work. Photo by Bruce Nelson

A unique display of original artwork painted on Plexiglas is now protecting the Edge Hill Texaco during restoration and promoting art in the community. The project is a collaborative effort of the Fairfield Foundation, Leslie Belvin of Art Builds Community and Gloucester Arts on Main to connect fine art and historic preservation.

A significant component of the gas station’s rehabilitation involves re-glazing the large, metal frame windows that are a distinctive element of the building’s 1930s architecture. A grant from the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust is supporting the window restoration along with work by dedicated volunteers.