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Williamson Charrette Fire Hall Mural Dedication May 11

Bristol Artist Amy Colburn’s creation publicly honors our three fire companies

In true family fashion, cousin Brian Wheeler hands
father Marty Wheeler top piece of mural to install as
artist  Amy (Wheeler) Colburn waits to help install it.
Williamson, May 2: With first responders being in the news in ways both tragic and heroic over the last months, it is more than fitting that the Williamson Charrette Committee proudly announce their mural honoring the town’s three fire companies and their over 100 years of service is now a reality. In the words of Bristol artist Amy Colburn, who created the mural, this is “a mural that honors the past and present service of the fire companies in a very large and public way.”

The Charrette Committee would like to invite all residents and friends to a dedication of the newly installed mural on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 12 noon. The ceremony will be held in the Williamson Town parking lot adjacent to the site of the mural on the west side of the former Williamson Fire Company structure at 4122 East Main Street. A reception will follow the dedication ceremony and all are invited to this. Coincidentally this is also the first anniversary of the Firewall Coffee Hall located on the first floor of the old fire hall. Decorated with artifacts and photos depicting the early days of the Williamson Fire Company, they will be open and celebrating this milestone beginning at 1:00 p.m. and invite all to stop in.

Mural artist Amy and her husband Bill are members of the Bristol Volunteer Fire Department, so it was a natural fit for her to want to team up with the charrette committee in creating this mural, as she puts it, “as one way to bring people together with a common sense of pride, gratitude, reverence and admiration.” Father Marty Wheeler, a construction engineer, has been a skilled problem-solver on previous projects and spearheaded the installation of the mural this past week. One positive action that she took in painting the mural was to propose a live photo shoot involving current firefighters from the town’s fire departments. “Tying the present with the past” was just one of the creative ways Colburn has endeared herself to the charrette committee, which can only second her observation that “I feel as though I delivered a high quality product that will last for many years, and I am proud of the result.”

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