New Mural Puts a Face to Famous Authors

Nancy Palermo and Sue Rau painted the mural at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

Artists Nancy Palermo and Susan Rau have coordinated once again to create another beautiful mural. Gracing the walls of the are 10 authors sitting on the beach with their most famous works.

Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, J.K Rowling, Gay Talese, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Atwood, William Shakesphere, James Joyce and Maya Angelou are depicted.

While sketching it out, Palermo thought of which authors would like to speak with each other. After seeing that some authors would not be recognized by face, she decided to add books, making it the perfect beach day.

"I think it is inspiring, and it helps to show people to pay more attention to what authors look like," Palermo says

Susan painted the background of the boardwalk that shows recognizable buildings and added the Hogwarts castle (from Rowling's "Harry Potter" books) to the mix.

"It is fun to walk in and see something different."

Both artists paint fairly quickly, and the project took only a couple of weeks to complete. The painting was finished just before Christmas and the First Night attendees enjoyed the new work.

Many of the passersby in the library have fun trying to guess the authors.

Palermo and Rau have painted the Tabernacle Youth Center, put together scenery for The Last Supper. Every Tuesday, Rau teaches art to the mentally and physically challenged. 

To find out more about artwork or to request artwork, email Nancy at npale@comcast.net.

Terri Sharp January 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Edger Allen Poe and Steven King? that is pretty cool. The 2 masters of Horror...
Annemarie Kelley January 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Could that be Siesta Key...or any other beautiful Locale in Sarasota ? :)
Rob Bartz January 29, 2012 at 01:39 PM
i must pay a visit someday soon to my two idols (Stephen King and Edger Allen Poe) for without them i would not be a writer...Their works are genius and i love horror!
mj January 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I love everyone on the mural love it!
Paige Malone Mengel January 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Would love to know which books are on the mural!!
Good Docta Worley January 29, 2012 at 05:33 PM
love it!!
Coral January 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Jean Bell January 29, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Have urged my son to take our grandchildren in the "back way" to see the mural; they visit the Library on a bi-weekly basis. Foster, the second oldest, is a "reader', and will certainly identify most, if not all, the celebs. Have to admit that I failed on Stephen King and James Joyce. But, what fun!
Sonya McRae-Mercer January 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The only time Poe ever went to the beach!lol
Sharon Givens January 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I agree with Paige Malone Mengel, would love to know which books are on there. When we see the blow-ups of each author, it doesn't show the books.
Doris Emond January 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Margaret Rogers January 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
The artists must be very proud of this painting!! To me it's perfect representation of the brilliant authors/poets of our history to date. I LOVE IT!!!
Amanda Thomas January 30, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The Books are as follows. Misery and The Shining next to Stephen King, Unto the Sons next to Gay Talese, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer next to Mark Twain, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the Old Man and the Sea next to Ernest Hemingway, The Handmaid's Tale next to Margaret Atwood, Dubliners and Finnegans Wake next to James Joyce, and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in Maya Angelou's Lap
Amanda Thomas January 30, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Send your wonderful comments and love to Nancy Palermo, the artist that sketched it all out and put it together with the help of Sue Rau her email is at the end of the article above.
Coral January 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
no... it is Ocean City New Jersey
Peg Miller January 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I just love the mural!!
Eleanor January 31, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Cool mural.
Maura Cullinane Fernandez January 31, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Bravo Nancy!!! Can't wait to come back and check it out!!!!
Evelyn February 03, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Love it! Thanks for all the artistic works you spread throughout our community.


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