Committee still waiting for mural submissions

GREENFIELD — The 40-foot-wide mural that will hang on the eastern exterior wall of Green Fields Market (Franklin Community Co-op) on Main Street by summer could be a collaborative effort by two or more artists, says the green group leading the project.

The Paint the Town Green Committee announced recently its search for an artist, but Chairwoman Sandra Boston said a group of 19-year-olds, for instance, could work on the project together.

“It doesn’t have to be a submission by one artist,” she said.

Boston said the committee, which sent out a request for proposals more than a week ago, has not received any submissions to date.

The committee’s first project, “Bringin’ in the Bees” by Rebecca “Reba” Rasbury, a painted crosswalk with an image of bees swarming around honeycombs, was completed at Court Square last June.

That project has since faded and needs to be repainted this spring, so Boston said the committee decided to go with a mural this time, because it would be more permanent.

The committee recently received a $1,000 grant from the Greenfield Local Cultural Council for the project and will use some of that money for supplies, while $750 will go to the artist or artists who create the winning design.

The mural will be 8 feet high and 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. The wood will have a primer and polyethylene protective coat.

The theme is “Our Community Involvement in Sustainable Food Systems,” said Boston, and 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 to:

Boston said a winner should be chosen by May 1 and the committee hopes installation will begin by Memorial Day.

For more information, call Boston at 413-774-5952 or email her at:

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