Green group seeks artists for downtown mural
GREENFIELD — One of the town’s green groups has another project in the pipeline.
The Paint the Town Green Committee has put out a call for artists who would like to create a mural that will hang on the eastern exterior wall of Green Fields Market (Franklin Community Co-op) on Main Street.
Last June, the committee completed its first project, “Bringin’ in the Bees” by Rebecca “Reba” Rasbury — a painted crosswalk with an image of bees swarming around honeycombs, which spans Court Square at Main Street. That project has since faded, but Sandra Boston, chairwoman of the committee, said it will be repainted this spring.
“We wanted to do a more permanent project that wouldn’t fade,” said Boston. “That’s why the committee chose to do a mural this time. We wanted something that would last longer.”
The committee has received a $1,000 grant from the Greenfield Local Cultural Council for the mural project. It will use some of that money for supplies and $750 will go to the artist, who creates the design, once the project has been completed.
The 8-foot-high, 40-foot-wide mural will be painted on a half-inch-thick piece of plywood made of 4-by-8-foot panels, which will be mounted on the side of the building, according to Boston.
The wood will have a primer and a polyethylene protective coat.
“Since this is on the wall of the Co-op, a theme of ‘Our Community Involvement in Sustainable Food Systems’ is being suggested,” said Boston.
Participation is open to any artist who lives or works in Franklin County and is 19 years old or older.
First-draft proposals should be submitted in JPEG format by email by April 22.
The committee may select up to three designs and ask finalists to present a final draft of their design for final selection, said Boston.
She said the committee will select the winner, with final approval of a representative of the Franklin Community Co-op, by May 1.
Installation of the mural will begin as soon as the weather permits, which will probably be sometime around Memorial Day, said Boston.
She said the committee will be looking for carpenters to volunteer when the time comes to mount the mural on the wall.
Boston said Green Fields Market is going to offer work hours to its members who volunteer to help with the project, which is expected to take about a month to complete.
“We would like the installation of the design to be a collaborative effort, with the artist being in charge of layout, final touches and completion of the project, while supervising others who want to participate in the painting,” said Boston.
That is what was done with the crosswalk between the Arts Block and the Town Common, said Boston.
There were originally six submissions for that project, but the bees and honeycombs spoke the loudest to committee members, she said.
The crosswalk is just feet from the Greenfield Farmers Market, which is open every Saturday morning from May into October.
Second Congregational Church also sits just yards from the crosswalk. The church has a plaque in front recognizing the man who invented beehives that allowed beekeepers to harvest honey without destroying the hives, and who once served as pastor of the church.
Sherwin-Williams donated the paint for the crosswalk project, and Boston said she hopes others will offer help and donations for the mural project.