A windy morning Saturday did not stop the
community and children of all ages from joining MODHArts Studio visual artists Maryana Oliynyk
and David Humphrey in painting a 4-foot by 15-foot-wide stretched cotton on
The free event, “Mural on the Green,” which was the first of its type, was held at Library Green in front of the New Rochelle Public Library. It was sponsored by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District.
Craft acrylic water-soluble paint and brushes were provided for anyone who wanted to join. The artists from MODHArts Studio led the community in the event by painting the buildings from the Backstreet Gallery all the way till the Avalon.
The children and some parents who decided to join in then added flowers, grass, streets and whatever else they desired. The end result was to depict scenery from downtown New Rochelle and incorporate imagery of nature.
The event was free, because according to Humphrey, the purpose was to bring the community and MODHArts, located just a block away, closer together.
“We thought it would be a good thing to have the kids come and enjoy themselves on the green and contribute to New Rochelle. We want to let people know that we are here, here to stay, we’ve been here for a year now, and we thought we would come out and say, ‘Hi, we’re MODArts,’ ” he said.
New Rochelle resident Alisha Solano said she was having fun painting the road but yellow was not her preferred choice of paint.
“I like to paint with red and blue. they are my favorite colors," she explained.
A half dozen children at a time picked up paintbrushes and drew the creations of their choice. Humphrey and Olinyk wanted the children to paint anything as long as they were painting.
“We’ll do the background, and they’ll do the rest, whatever it is that it may be,” Humphrey said.
The end result was exactly that, whatever each child chose to draw. One boy even decided to draw a portrait of his father on the canvas, to which the artists gave encouragement.
Humphrey and Olinyk wanted everyone to know this is just the beginning. Future events will be held and their studio is open for the New Rochelle community to come in and take a peek.
Humphrey said their “Artists Holiday,” coming up on Dec. 14, is an annual event.
“We did it last year,” he said. “It's free. Everything is free.”
Humphrey said he wanted the community to know any time the door at 2 Division St. is open, anyone is welcome to walk in.
“We are just trying to help get closer to the community,” he said.