September 20, 2014
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An Apponaug gem

For years, Rodney P. Baril, gemologist and owner of Place Jewellers, has dreamed of using the wall to the building as a billboard for the business. It wasn’t until he connected with artist Bob Ratigan. Ratigan, who lives in Warwick, has transformed otherwise blank walls into murals for years and immediately took to the project. In fact, he has also painted the interior of the store, adding neat touches like the scene of Rodney bent over his work, pictured here. The exterior mural depicts another entrance and windows with displays of the sparkling gems inside. As for the beach and the umbrella just around the corner, well, that’s Rodney enjoying retirement with a martini in his hand. (Warwick Beacon photos)


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