There is a beautiful stretch of the Northern Strand Community Trail on Canal Street just calling out for public art. Come one, come all at 6 p.m. on June 20, for the unveiling of a sculpture, a bench and a mural. Look for a white tent opposite 195 Canal St., Malden, and celebrate a glorious year for the ARTLine.

It all began one year ago on Exchange Street in Malden when The Wonderful World of Ed Emberley was unveiled honoring this Malden-born icon of children’s book illustration. Emberley and his family were present for the party atmosphere and the start of fund-raising for more public art in Malden and the ARTLine was born. The goal of the ARTLine is to develop a premier public art gallery with miles of professional murals, sculptures and community hubs. These hubs will feature gathering spaces with bursts of art, greenscapes and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.

“The best part of this past year has been the community support,” said Malden Arts founder and president, Naomi Brave.

This was seconded by Candace Julyan, vice-president and the rest of the Malden Arts board. From Mayor Gary Christenson, Special Assistant to the mayor Maria Luise, many city councilors including Debbie DeMaria, Jadeane Sica, Steve Winslow, Dave Camell, Peg Crowe, Barbara Murphy, Ryan O’Malley, Craig Spadafora and Neal Anderson, John Preotle of Preotle Lane and Associates, Debbie Burke and the MRA, MATV, Brown Richardson and Rowe, CBT Architects, Groundwork Somerville and the residents of Malden, enthusiasm and donations flowed in. With the matching grant from Mass Development, a line item in the state budget initiated by Sen. Jason Lewis and a CPC grant, $100,000 was raised.

A call to artists went out and 120 artists from across the U.S. responded. Entries were carefully juried by a team consisting of a graphic designer, an artist, an art educator, a small business owner and a community organizer. Besides the art being unveiled on June 20, three more murals, benches and a pocket park will be installed this summer and fall to complete phase one of the ARTLine.

Walls are still needed for phase 2 of the ARTLine.

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