Beverly Main Streets announces new banners designed by artist Andrew Houle

Downtown Banner Program

Beverly Main Streets announces new banners designed by Beverly artist Andrew Houle

Beverly Main Streets’ downtown light pole banners have a creative new design, thanks to Beverly artist Andrew Houle. Each year Beverly Main Streets works with a local artist to design the light pole banners, which brighten up the downtown and provide sponsorship opportunities for businesses. Andrew’s design is a striking portrait of actor Adam West, known for his role as Batman. The banners are currently being installed on more than 60 downtown light poles and include tags featuring the name of the sponsor. Now that construction is completed on Route 1A, the city will be installing half of the banners on Rantoul Street and half of the banners on Cabot Street. 

Andrew Houle has lived in Beverly since graduating from Montserrat College of Art in the year 2000. While studying primarily illustration, a love for oil painting co-existed throughout his formative years, leading to a split body of professional work with a career in comic books and exhibiting in galleries. Houle shifted focus in early 2005 to what has been described as American Realism; capturing the surroundings north of Boston and beyond in an eclectic body of work highlighting blue-collar landmarks and iconic Cape Ann light. Recognizing influences from Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell, Houle has worked towards creating a personal narrative through his paintings connecting the viewer to his or her community. His work can be found throughout the country in private collections and represented by galleries throughout New England.

When asked about the inspiration for the portrait, Andrew had a great story to share:

“In many ways Adam West’s role as Batman steered me towards an interest in comic books at a very early age...which later translated into a career path as an artist. Maybe I would have connected the dots on my own, but the colors, characters, and humor of the show formed that bridge and once I bought my first comic book I was instantly hooked.

Upon hearing of Adam West’s passing back in June, my mind raced back to the singular time I met him, roughly 10+ years ago. Before his reemergence in the 90's as a pop culture icon, Adam West made a living making appearances on the comic con circuit for years. I'm thankful to have briefly met him at a comic con in Framingham, Massachusetts, of all places, where I was given one of the greatest compliments of my life. I was having two photos personalized so I suppose I had a bit more time with him than I expected. Within these moments there are so many cool things I could have had prepared to say looking back, but all those ideas tend to escape you in real time. So admittedly I froze up until he started chatting.

Adam West: "Hey there! “Who can I make these out to?"

I answered: "Could you make them out To: Andrew?"

Adam West: (while signing) - "So Andrew, what is it you do for a living?"

Me: (awkward pause) - "I'm a painter."

Adam West: "A painter of houses or a painter of pictures?"

Me: "Pictures, yeah, as in umm, I'm an artist."

Adam West: (pauses signing my photos, leans back in his chair and looks back up at me) "Ahhh....A man with a REAL profession."

I'm sure that I drove there from the North Shore but there's also a good chance I just floated home after that. Over the years I had plenty of opportunities to meet him again but there was something so perfect and meaningful about his reaction to me being an artist, I never wanted to change my singular memory or add something other than that moment. You don't always get to meet your heroes. I’m thankful to Adam West for teaching me and I’m sure countless others not to take ourselves too seriously. While unbeknownst to him, he had given me a push in the right direction early in life.

This portrait of Adam West was completed years ago, before his passing, as a way for me in a sense to thank him. And now I’m fortunate enough to further honor him and have Adam West watch over the community I? call home.”

Andrew currently splits his time as Creative Director at Tryptic Press, painting in his studio space at Porter Mills, Co-Chairing the Beverly Cultural Council, and as lead promoter of Beverly Comic Con. He shares a home with his wife Melissa, daughter Elaina, Mila the overweight cat and his comic book collection. More of Andrew’s work can be seen at his artist profile at the Beverly Arts District website or at and

Beverly Main Streets would like to thank the City of Beverly for installing the banners and the many banner sponsors for making this program possible. Please contact Beverly Main Streets if you are interested in sponsoring a banner when the next banner program starts in Fall 2018.

Thank you to our banner sponsors

104.9 FM

A + B Burgers

Aligned for Life Chiropractic

Archer Insurance

Atlantic Toyota

Beverly Athletic Club

Beverly Bank

Beverly Crossing

Beverly High School

Beverly Hospital

Bogie's Beer and Wine

Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC

Casual Catering / Super Sub

CCI Reprographics

City of Beverly

Coldwell Banker

Cummings Properties, LLC

Dunkin’ Donuts of Beverly

DWC - The 401(k) Experts

Endicott College

First Baptist Church

Glovsky & Glovsky, LLC

Goldberg Properties

Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce

Greater Beverly YMCA

Handly & Cox, PC

Henry's Market

Institution for Savings

Kowalski Dental, PC

Landmark at Oceanview Senior Living

Marblehead Bank

Meineke Car Care Center

Montserrat College of Art

Quadrant Health Strategies, Inc.

Retailers Association of MA

Sew Creative

Single Source Marketing

Soul Movement Pilates

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

State Rep. Jerry Parisella

Station 101 Apartments

Sterling Insurance Agency

Taste Buds Kitchen

TD Bank

Temkin Financial Group

The Cabot

The Remodeling Company

The Saints Academy

Ulrich Bachand Landscape Architecture, LLC

Waring School

Please note – this is the list of banner sponsor organizations, not the exact text which is on the sponsor tags. Some organizations sponsored more than one banner. Thanks!


Beverly Comic Con 3!!!

Beverly Comic Con 3!!! 

Join us on Saturday, April 2nd for the third annual Beverly Comic Con hosted at Porter Mill Studios!

Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

Live music, art, and magic!

Special guests include DJ7L & MC Esoteric of CZARFACE, Robert Gill of Batgirl, Transformers, XO-Manowar, Andrew MacLean of Head Lopper & Apocalyptigirl, and SCARECROWOVEN of MTV, Mondo and Lion Forge Comics.

Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly.
Free admission
Doors open at 10am
Brought to you by Tryptic Press and States of Terror Vol. 2

Beverly Comic Con 3
Saturday, April 2nd.
Studios at Porter Mill 10am-6pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA. 01915


5th Annual Summer Open Studios

It's that time of year again! Porter Mill is celebrating its 5th annual Summer Open Studios on Saturday, June 27th, from 11 AM - 4 PM. 

Porter Mill will open its doors for a day-long celebration of the 50 artists who work in the building. The public is invited to view the studios, meet the artists, and purchase unique, locally-made gifts for summer! Porter Mill is home to painters, photographers, jewelers, ceramists, and more, so there is sure to be something for everyone. The day ends with a celebration in the Gallery from 4 - 6 PM, featuring live music, food, and fun!

Along for the event this year in the Gallery is the very talented Eyeformation and Hazel Eyes Studios with their "Eye For an Eye" Show. This show will feature solo work from Eyeformation and Hazel Eyes Studio, as well as their collaborative work that won them the featured piano for Play Me I'm Your's, Street Pianos Boston ... plus new collabs! They will featured this year with a Pop Shop selling merchandise in the main gallery!

BCC: The arts as an economic driver in Beverly


Join us for networking and a panel discussion on how Beverly is using art to drive our local economy! Be sure to bring your own materials and business cards to share with others at the event. 

Please note our new location for this month's luncheon. *There will be stairs at this event. If you need special accommodations, please email us

Panelists include: 
President Steve Immerman, Montserrat College of Art
Paul Van Ness, General Manager of The Cabot
Andrew Houle, Artist and member of Beverly Cultural Council and Side Streets

Free event with membership. A recommended donation of $10 is requested from non-members. 

Lunch catered by Victoria Taqueria and sponsored by Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health; brown baggers welcome.

The Beverly Community Council fosters communication and cooperation between members and the greater Beverly community, in order to maximize and publicize existing human services, via education, advocacy and action.

Membership to the Beverly Community Council is $10 for individuals, or $15 for all members of an organization. Available for purchase at the event.


Beverly Community Council

There is a link to the event page.