The intricate murals blanketing the walls and ceiling of St. Ann’s Church bring a taste of Renaissance Italy to Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Painted in the 1940s by famed church decorator Guido Nincheri, they brought the Bible to life for parishioners for decades. But as its flock moved on, the building went unused and was eventually deconsecrated. A group of former parishioners purchased the building, saving it from demolition. They now face the challenge of making it profitable as an arts center so that they can generate the funds needed to maintain it. To learn more, visit the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center Web site at: stannartctr.org
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Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.
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