New mural’s message at Clinical & Support Options: ‘Hope is Welcome Here’

  • Wane One, an established graffiti artist, was hired by Clinical & Support Options to beautify its building in Greenfield. One had previously done a similar painting at the agency’s Springfield building. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

  • Wane One, an established graffiti artist, was hired by Clinical & Support Options to beautify its building at 1 Arch Place in Greenfield. He worked on the mural over the weekend. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

  • Wane One, an established graffiti artist, was hired by Clinical & Support Options to beautify its building at 1 Arch Place in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2021 4:47:49 PM

GREENFIELD — A graffiti artist had a field day over the weekend at Clinical & Support Options’ building at 1 Arch Place, creating a colorful mural that welcomes and encourages those seeking mental or behavioral health care.

The artist, Wane One, had previously done a similar painting at Clinical & Support Options’ building in Springfield. The agency’s staff members liked it so much they hired him back to decorate the Greenfield building.

“There is significant evidence that indicates a person’s environment can have a direct effect on outcomes in mental and behavioral health,” said Clinical & Support Options President and CEO Karin Jeffers. “It’s also just nice to see something beautiful and inspiring every day, rather than a plain, blank wall.”

Clinical & Support Options connected with One, an established artist, muralist and graphic designer, through the Fresh Paint Springfield art festival, which had coordinated a public mural with him in 2019.

The concept of the painting, which is largely the same as the one at the Springfield building, was developed by brainstorming with staff members and patrons of Clinical & Support Options’ Springfield facility.

“They came up with, ‘Hope is Welcome Here,’” One explained. “If you show up here, there’s hope.”

In designing the painting, One said Clinical & Support Options gave him free reign. But he took most of the ideas from talking with people in the organization’s staff and its patrons, he said.

The painting itself is a mix of the genres that One has worked in professionally, he said, with elements from graphic design, murals and graffiti. The “Welcome” lettering is reminiscent of a postcard, but the “Here” is in a traditional graffiti style, he said.

“It’s a mash-up of a lot of things,” One said. “Today, public art is really that. A lot of it derives from graffiti.”

Work on the painting started Friday, and was scheduled to continue at least through the weekend. By Sunday afternoon, the large text at the center of the mural was mostly finished, and One was adding detail and shading.

The space around the central text was to be filled out with lettering in a variety of styles, spelling other words associated with the mural’s themes — safety, strength, healing, choice and others.

Although the painting was expected to take only a few days, One said weather forecasts for rain on Sunday and into the week meant that the painting might not be totally finished until later this week.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-930-4231.




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