Exeter murals paint a pretty picture

By Mo Moore

Red Anthony was a longtime Exeter police officer and the town's very first motorcycle cop. Now, he's about to be a captured in a moment in time that will be enjoyed by many for years to come as the main feature in Exeter's next mural.

&#8220We don't have an artist yet, but we're interviewing artists,” said Mural Committee Presi-dent Seldon Kempton.

The mural will be painted from a photograph given to Exeter Police Chief Cliff Bush by Anthony's daughter. The picture is said to have been taken around 1940. In the photograph Anthony stands above his motorcycle while talking to a gentlemen in a 1938 Ford pickup.

&#8220It's a piece of Exeter history,” Chief Bush said. &#8220When she brought me the picture I just kept thinking about how it would look great on the wall out there.”

Chief Bush showed the picture to the Exeter Mural Committee, who thought it would make a great mural as well. The mural is planned to be painted on the police station's sidewall on the left side of the officer's vehicle exit gate.

Once an artist is chosen, the Mural Committee plans to begin the mural in early May. Exeter has a total of 22 outdoor murals. &#8220Exeter – A Festival of Arts” promotes economic development through the arts and tourism by producing an outdoor art gallery reflecting Exeter's history and culture. They continue to bring art and history to life through murals.

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