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Alison Tourtellotte '21 Assists with Mosaic Mural at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Alison Tourtellotte '21 Assists with Mosaic Mural at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

In February 2021, a devastating fire destroyed the creative arts building at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (HWGC) in Ashford, CT. After more than 4,000 donations, the Camp cut the ribbon on a brand-new creative space two years later. 

Marianapolis alumna Alison Tourtellotte ‘21 assisted commissioned artist Mia Schon in installing a beautiful mosaic mural that would be the centerpiece of the new space. The mural comprises over 4,000 tile pieces, each representing a donor, and celebrates life at Camp and the experience it provides to seriously ill children.

Former Marianapolis visual art teacher and current Regional Parent Programs Coordinator at HWGC, Rebecca Patenaude, reached out to Tourtellotte and connected her to Schon.

Schon trained Tourtellotte in breaking tiles to create intentional shapes, how to make compositional choices to decide where they go, and ultimately glue and grout the tiles in and cement their place at HWGC. 

An artist in her own right, Tourtellotte took many art classes while a student at Marianapolis and won the Gold Key at the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards in 2020. She is currently completing courses at Quinebaug Valley Community College, earning her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts & Science, and working as a substitute art teacher at Woodstock Academy.