Beyond Walls is expanding its work to three more cities in Mass.


The entire side of the Fall River buildings were used as canvas paintings. Several new murals have recently been put up to grab attention, start conversations and attract visitors. One of the mural artists responsible is Greg Pennisten, who grew up on the South Shore and attended Fall River Elementary School. “It’s really important that people can have color, you know, and see accessible art,” he said. Pennisten said his work pays homage to the city’s industrial past and present, inspired by block printed patterns from textiles that were produced in Fall River in the early 1900s. Pennisten’s work is part of a project by Beyond Walls, a non-profit organization that uses local, regional and international mural artists to activate urban spaces and encourage community and economic growth. The Lynn-based organization started in earnest six years ago, guided by the vision of founder Al Wilson and others. In the years since, downtown Lynn has been transformed by dozens of mass ive murals, lighting projects and more. Wilson said his heart was in Lynn, but he also aimed to support other gateway cities. piece that speaks to them, maybe they stay for lunch,” Wilson said. “It’s really a big part of our work.” Beyond Walls’ so-called Street Art Tour this summer first stopped in Holyoke. In partnership with community groups, murals were painted there- low, reflecting the large and vibrant Puerto Rican community in this city. a professional artist from Portugal has painted his take on traditional Portuguese tile in Fall River, home to a large Portuguese community. Beyond Walls’ next town is Lowell. Painters are expected to begin work there on August 14. Organizers expect at least 20 new murals will be in place by the end of September after the final leg of the tour in Lynn. Work there begins on September 7. “Murals, they generate conversations,” Add Fuel said. “It’s just a nice way to bring people together in a community, and if the artwork itself connects to the community, then you know, mission accomplished.” Find more information about Beyond Walls here.

The entire side of the Fall River buildings were used as canvas paintings.

Several new murals have recently been put up to grab attention, start conversations and attract visitors.

One of the mural artists responsible is Greg Pennisten who grew up on the South Shore and attended Fall River Elementary School.

“It’s really important that people can get color, you know, and see accessible art,” he said.

Pennisten said her piece pays homage to the city’s industrial past and present, inspired by the block-printed designs of textiles produced in Fall River in the early 1900s.

Mario Ramirez of TostFilms for Beyond Walls

Pennisten’s work is part of a project by Beyond Walls, a non-profit organization that engages local, regional and international mural artists to activate urban spaces and encourage community and economic growth.

The Lynn-based organization started in earnest six years ago, guided by the vision of founder Al Wilson and others.

In the years since, downtown Lynn has been transformed by dozens of massive murals, lighting projects and more.

Wilson said his heart is in Lynn, but he also aims to support other gateway cities.

“For people who come in the morning, they stay for a coffee and then they see another mural, another room that speaks to them, maybe they stay for lunch,” Wilson said. “It’s really a big part of our job.”

This summer, Beyond Walls’ so-called Street Art Tour first stopped in Holyoke.

greg pennisten

In partnership with community groups, murals have been painted there reflecting the large and vibrant Puerto Rican community in this city.

Add Fuel, a professional artist from Portugal painted his interpretation of traditional Portuguese tile in Fall River, home to a large Portuguese community.

greg pennisten

Mario Ramirez of TostFilms for Beyond Walls

The next town for Beyond Walls is Lowell. Painters are expected to start working there on August 14.

Organizers expect at least 20 new murals to be in place by the end of September after the tour’s final stop in Lynn. Work there begins on September 7.

“Murals, they generate conversations,” Add Fuel said. “It’s just a nice way to bring people together in a community, and if the artwork itself connects to the community, then you know, mission accomplished.”

Find more information about Beyond the Walls here.

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