Mural will transform 85-foot wall at Rochester community center

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ROCHESTER — An 85-foot wall at the city’s James W. Foley Memorial Community Center is being transformed into an explosion of color by North Berwick, Maine-based artist Spencer McLeod.

Originally from Portland, Macleod attended the Maine Art Institute. He said he has been making art for decades, including murals and other street art.

“I connected with Matt Wyatt and Amy Reagan (of the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts) through social media,” McLeod said. “I went to a digital art show they made, in December or January I think. It’s new to me, but I had a lot of fun.”

Maine artist Spenser Macleod paints an 85-foot mural inside the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center in Rochester, Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

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“We’ve worked with Spenser before,” said RMFA co-founder Matt Wyatt. “He’s very talented and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished mural.”

Wyatt said the mural was commissioned by the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and paid for through sponsorships and donations.

One of Macleod’s favorite types of art is what he calls mash-up collage. Murals in the community center will be in this style.

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