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Paint the Town Green

Mural on Main St. to be installed in the fall

GREENFIELD — The 40-foot-wide mural that will eventually hang on the eastern exterior wall of Green Fields Market on Main Street should be mounted sometime in early fall.

Paint the Town Green Committee Chairwoman Sandra Boston said all of the detailed artwork still needs to be painted, but the mural is coming along.

Boston said the committee received a $1,000 grant from the Greenfield Cultural Council last spring and decided to use it to pay the artist who designed the mural, and to buy some of the supplies.

The mural is 8 feet high and painted on a half-inch-thick piece of plywood made of 4-by-8-foot panels. Those will be mounted on the side of the building and the wood will have a primer and polyethylene protective coat.

The theme is “Our Community Involvement in Sustainable Food Systems,” according to Boston.

She said eight people have been working on the mural, which she believes will be ready to hang in about two weeks.

“We don’t have a deadline,” said Boston.

She said the grant is good for 18 months.

Boston said once the background is finished, others will help paint animals, birds and more specific details.

She said Neil Dargis was consulted and will paint a medicine wheel to honor indigenous agriculture.

Last year, the same group hired Rebecca Rasbury, who is helping with the mural, to design and help paint the “Bringin’ in the Bees” sidewalk that crosses Court Square near Town Hall.

Sherwin-Williams in Greenfield donated paint for both projects.

Boston said Emily Gopen of Colrain is the artist who designed the mural. She said Gopen was paid a $750 stipend and the rest of the grant was used for supplies.

She said she, Rasbury, Linda Blake, Deb Okey, Garrett Connelly, Victoria Floor and Maya Apfelbaum have been working under the direction of Gopen.

Boston said the committee plans to do more projects like the crosswalk and mural.

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