Jose Mediavilla is a Veteran of the United States Marines, he is an artist, an activist and an advocate for drastic environmental change. Many of you have no doubt passed him holding signs or walking barefoot on the streets of Easthampton, picking up trash. I was lucky enough over the last month or so to have Jose share his story with me.
Albert Kiesling (1885-1968) was born in Clinton, MA and moved to Easthampton to work in the textile mills. He could often be seen in the 1940s through the 1960s around town with an easel and paintbox, capturing a town landmark or rural landscapes. Albert also created big snow sculptures and elaborate parade floats that dazzled the locals. In this short film, Easthampton residents recall fond memories of the artist and his work.