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Plattsburgh has a new mural this fall, one that celebrates a connection the city has to classical Hollywood.

Artist Brendon Palmer-Angell painted the forty-foot high mural on the back wall of the old bank building at the corner of Brinkerhoff and Marion Streets in downtown Plattsburgh.

The mural depicts acclaimed Hollywood actress Jean Arthur, whose life began in Plattsburgh in the year 1900.  She rose to fame in the 1930s, by appearing in comedies, and she later starred in three films directed by Frank Capra, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and You Can’t Take it With You.

Outside Art Co-Founders Amy Guglielmo and Julia Devine say their organization partners with groups including the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary, to help fund large public art projects in the city. 

The Jean Arthur Mural is the ninth piece commissioned by Outside Art.

You’ll find more information about artist Brendon Palmer-Angell at brendonart.com.

Enjoy an interview with Jean Arthur’s biographer John Oller here.

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