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Local business owner agrees to work with WRWC and local artist to combat graffiti and celebrate a Providence gem

Posted 10/10/12

PROVIDENCE (October 23, 2012) – On Tuesday October 23rd at 10am, the public is invited to join the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) at 46 Aleppo Street to celebrate the completion of local artist Munir D. Mohammed’s newest beautiful mural on the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path.

Munir Mohammed, a Ghanian born artist, received his M.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. He has participated in over 25 group and individual shows and has painted 22 murals while continuing to be an active studio painter. This summer Mohammed completed a 55’x25’mural on the Wolf E. Myrow building at 46 Aleppo Street.

After years of painting over graffiti on the building’s large blank wall, Mr. Antonelli, owner of Wolf E. Myrow, a family-run jewelry supply business for 50 years, enthusiastically agreed to having a mural painted on the wall. Antonelli and his family are very happy with the results. “The mural is so beautiful and I think adding artwork to our building was a fabulous way to welcome people into the park - it really enhances the neighborhood”, said Antonelli’s daughter Robin Allen. The mural, located at the entrance to Providence’s only off-road bike path, beautifully depicts Riverside Park, with the river, the bike path, the Red Shed Bike Shop and wildlife commonly seen in and around the Woonasquatucket River, including foxes, deer and great blue herons.

Richard Hoitt, 64, who lives just down the street, was at the original community meeting, where he was asked for community feedback on the original design. Hoitt is very happy with the work, saying “It’s very, very nice. If you people can find the funds, we’d really like to see the other part of the wall done too.” He believes the mural will help combat graffiti in the area. Mohammed and staff at the WRWC are working together to find funding to complete the wall, a remaining 1,000 square feet of wall space.

This mural was made possible through support from the United Way of Rhode Island, Fete Music, Lopco Contracting, and the Narragansett Bay Commission.

About Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

Founded in 2001, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (www.wrwc.org) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works to encourage, support and promote the restoration and preservation of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed as an environmental, recreational, cultural, and economic asset of the State of Rhode Island. The organization offers year round opportunities for the community to engage with the river and the watershed, though paddle trips, bike tours, physical activity programs, festivals, and restoration projects.

The Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path is Providence and Johnston’s only off-road bike path, and runs 5.5 miles from the Providence Place Mall to Lyman Avenue in Johnston

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