We are so grateful to live and work in our community and try to do our part to contribute to its growth and well-being. Volunteering to give back to our community just makes us feel good. As we look to the future, we will continue our efforts to make a positive impact on the world around us.
Artist Mural Series Kicks Off "Summah" with Don Bousquet!
We are excited to announce a new Artist Mural Series from DMP, which will launch as one of Mr. Bousquet’s iconic cartoons is unveiled as a nine-foot-high and twenty-nine-foot-wide mural in time for the peak “Summah” season.
Famous for commemorating the distinctive character of Rhode Island through his cartoons, Mr. Bousquet has provided us with a humorous perspective on living in the Ocean State and given us more than one opportunity to laugh at ourselves over the past thirty years. We are so grateful for his support of this new concept to foster a vibrant arts community locally.
“When DMP approached me about creating a program to promote local artists, I was happy to help,” says Mr. Bousquet. “My wife Laura and I live locally and have been driving by and enjoying the humor of DMP murals for many years.”
With the aim of bringing more attention and celebrating artists in the community, the DMP Artist Mural series commences with a mural representation of Bousquet’s work, painted by Shawn Gilheeney. The founder of Providence Painted Signs, Shawn is also a well-known local artist, with paintings in private, corporate, and museum collections.
The idea for the new artist series was born when the Town of South Kingstown commissioned a mural on the DMP building in honor of the town’s 300th Anniversary. Unveiled as part of an Earth Day celebration following a town-wide cleanup, the mural featured the work of local artist Quinn Corey.
“The event’s success illustrated the positive impact that our mural can have on local causes,” shares owner Mike Moffitt, “and it inspired us to pursue a new program where the mural can be used, at least a few times per year, to promote the work of local artists.”
DMP aims to develop a meaningful program that promotes local artists and fosters a vibrant arts community. The DMP team envisions the Artist Mural Series as a platform for diverse styles and forms of artistic expression and is currently engaging in discussions with a spectrum of artists, from seasoned veterans to emerging talents.
“The timing of the launch is fitting, as town residents recently fended off a proposal to eliminate arts funding from South Kingstown’s public school system,” adds Vice-President Sarah Moffit. “We are excited by the prospect of supporting and promoting the arts, now more than ever.
Artists interested in learning more about submitting artwork for consideration should reach out to: email@example.com.
Thank you for Joining Us on Earth Day!
We were excited to join the Town of South Kingstown, Friends of the Saugatucket, and ORCA (Ocean Recovery Community Alliance) in a town-wide clean up on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2023.
This special event culminated with a celebration at DMP headquarters, featuring the unveiling of a new mural by Quinn Corey, to commemorate our town’s 300th anniversary. Live music was courtesy of The Rock Pine House Band, and complimentary food and drink was provided from local businesses including Amici Salon, Belmont Market, NY Pizza of RI, Shaidzon Beer Company, and Tase-Rite Co.
Hats off to the many town residents and organizations who participated in this important and comprehensive cleanup effort, including Butt it Matters, Cub Scouts Pack 66 of Kingston, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Matunuck Surf Shop, Ministerial Road Preservation Association, the Ocean Mist, South Kingstown High School, South Kingstown Land Trust, and the University of Rhode Island.
In years past, we’ve had the opportunity to perform three major home and building makeovers that brought out the best in our community. The support we had from vendors, other contractors, and community members truly amazed us!
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Our mural began shortly after we relocated our office in 2005. Inspired by all the traffic that came by each day, we decided to paint stripes, polka dots, and other ‘crazy’ designs on the street-facing side of our building to announce our presence as the new painters in the neighborhood. After talking with our team, Jason Hancock stepped up to let us know that he had been an art major at the Cleveland School of Art and that he would be happy to create something for us. The first mural was painted for Halloween 2006 to coincide with DMP Oktoberfest. We all helped paint it and had the kids pitch in too.
It’s hard to believe that we've been engaging with our community with murals on the side of our building for nearly 20 years since. Located on the main thoroughfare between Narragansett and the University of Rhode Island, at 1428 Kingstown Road, more than 12,000 cars pass our office location each day. Murals have featured a range of subjects, from Muhammad Ali to characters like Will Ferrell’s “Elf.” Some have even gained national attention, such as “This one’s for you Roger,” which was created to capture New England Patriots Nation’s frustration with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
It has been a blast working with all the different artists on ideas - both fun and serious - over the years. Looking to the future, we hope our mural will continue to spark conversation and maybe a laugh or two, as we try to enhance the public space in our little corner of town.