GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Greenburgh families - sponsored and guided by Fun Craft of Scarsdale - have created the community collaboration mural "Celebrate Greenburgh" in celebration of the town's 225th anniversary.
Fun Craft's Art Director Valerie Rovins was approached by Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and asked to create a project to celebrate Greenburgh's 225th anniversary.
Rovins came up with the idea of a mural in which each member of the community would have an opportunity to contribute to the creation of a singular idea.
Rovins said the community art project was created to bring together people from all walks of life that live in the community. The youngest contributing painter was two-years old and grandparents sat next to their grandchildren to contribute their time and ideas as well. Fun Craft Branch Manager and Edgemont High School alumnus Tina Paknejad helped coordinate the event. All art materials (panels, paint, brushes, etc.) were provided by Fun Craft.
"We're very proud of Valerie and enthused to see well over 120 local families showing their support for their community and the arts," Paknejad said. "Programs like this are important because it builds a sense of community, spurs the creative spirit and reminds us what makes this town so unique: the individuals living in it."
The community artists met at the Hartsdale Farmers Market Kick Off event this spring, where approximately 60 of the individual panels were created by children from the local community with the remaining 50 created by adults. The completed mural measures 13-feet across and 8-feet high.
Paknejab said families gathered on the lawn all day, surrounded by terracotta pots filled with blue, green, red, and orange paints. They painted their panels, listening to the grooves of local musicians and the bustling of the Hartsdale Farmers Market.
The "Celebrate Greenburgh" mural will be on exhibit July 1-7 at Fun Craft, which is located at 590 Central Park Ave. in Scarsdale.
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