Melrose Public Art Projects

Coming soon...The City of Melrose will host the creative work of 9 area artists as part of the Wayfinding and Creative Placemaking Initiative. This initiative is funded entirely from a grant secured by Mayor Brodeur last year in his capacity as State Representative.

Meet the Artists

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Project: Walking Poetry Installation
Location: Ell Pond

“Groundswell” takes its inspiration from the natural world. Jessie’s poetry uses nature as metaphor, and on the reverse side of the placards Adria builds on the poem’s tone to evoke a different visual experience in color and imagery.



Project: Painted Utility Box
Locations: Porter/Main, Grove/Main

April is a mental health artist-advocate who creates acrylic, mixed-media portraits of people living with mental health struggles in a bright and positive way. The eyes are covered, representing the unseen nature of mental health issues; and the flowers represent strength, resilience, and all that can stem from coping with these struggles.    


Project: Mini Art Gallery
Location: FYACS, 647 Main Street
Contact: @catnasser

Catie Nasser is a Massachusetts art educator, art therapist, and visual artist.  She has been working with children in the arts for almost 20 years in a variety of public, private, and therapeutic settings. Catie is committed to using art as a tool to help youth find their voice and fully express their thoughts and ideas.


Project: Utility box mural
Locations: Foster and Main, Emerson and Main

“The paintings I have worked on over the past decade all begins with the beauty of the Landscape. These are places that I have found a strong visual and spiritual connection to and for me they are essential spaces that caught my attention long before I knew what I was really seeing.  We are blessed to have such a close connection to beautiful hiking trails and quiet natural places here in Melrose but they are also fragile and quite often need to be protected from careless treatment.”

Project: Green Man Project
Location: TBD

Lisa’s work explores our human relationship with the natural world through paint, stained glass, stone and mosaic. Public works in Melrose include the Ell Pond Turtle Stepping Stones. The Green Man Community Mosaic was facilitated by Lisa and co-created along with 34 local artists.


Project: Dragon Sculpture
Location: Ell Pond
Website: Odd Pegs Woodworking 

John’s sculptures merge his lifelong love of the fantastic and grotesque with his passion for woodworking. When not crafting monsters, he can be found building custom furniture, cycling, and generally not acting his age.


Project: Mural
Location: Central Terrace 

Sagie Vangelina is a Boston-Based painter, muralist and mixed media artist. Her unique style of detailed linework can be seen in a different light throughout each piece. She incorporates high contrast in her work to represent the good and bad in life and the importance of balance throughout one’s own life journey.

Project: Utility box mural
Location: Main and Lynn Fells Parkway

Sheila Farren Billings is an award-winning artist who grew up in Malden and spent many happy hours biking and hiking through Melrose, never suspecting that Elizabeth George Speare, the author of her favorite book, was born there. She is delighted to be painting a utility box celebrating The Witch of Blackbird Pond.


Project: Mural
Location: Melrose High School
Mural Instagram: MHS.mural

Dominican-American Silvia López Chavez is a Boston based artist. She believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change and uses art as a vehicle for connection. Silvia is a seasoned community-based artist and a frequent collaborator with urban planners, architects, non-profits, developers, and activists.

Project Locations

These Projects will be completed between October 2020 and May 2021

Location TBD, The Green Man Project, Lisa Tiemann


These works are part of the Wayfinding and Creative Placemaking Initiative, which is being facilitated by the City’s Office of Planning and Community Development in partnership with Follow Your Art Community Studios. If you have any questions about the Public Art Project, please email Kris Rodolico at