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Rallying Cry for “Ray of Light” Mural Project

A mural project is underway, dedicated to the life of Jerald (Dee Dee) Goldsmith, the mother of seven who was murdered in Masten Park last October.

Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) and the Goldsmith family are in the process of calling for support for the public art undertaking, which will eventually be located at Masten Park. It is hoped that the addition of a vibrant mural will help to transition the section of the park, from a place of despair to a “Ray of Light” in the eyes of the community. The message will one day ring out loud and clear, as a constant reminder of the innocent lives that are lost to violence.

BAS and the Buffalo Public Schools Art Education Department have already conducted a search for the muralist who will create the work of art. That artist is none other than Augustina Droze, who also painted the magnificent Olmsted mural along Scajaquada Creek. It is anticipated that the mural will go hand-in-hand with an even larger beautification effort at Mason Park, which would include better lighting and landscaping.

There will be a community meeting held on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM, to preview the mural and discuss the grassroots initiative.

Ray of Light Mural Committee – Call for Support
Community Meeting – Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM
City Honors, 186 E North St, Buffalo, NY 14204, Room #117

Many local organizations have come together to support this very important community project including: Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS), Buffalo Public Schools, City Parks Department, the Family Justice Center, and YWCA of Niagara County. It is anticipated that more groups will come onboard as the project evolves.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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