River Valley Coop, Part 2

After taking a few years off from commissioned work and teaching, I just finished installing a new mural I am very excited about, in the entrance to the new River Valley Coop in Easthampton MA. The coop opened last June

The design features Ursula, the coop’s beloved black bear, paddling a canoe to the shore of Nashawannuck pond, along with a bear cub who is reaching for fish in the water. They are being welcomed to Easthampton by a crew of animals, including a rabbit, fox, deer, dragonfly and turtle. The “everyone is welcome” banner is being pulled by a red tailed hawk, which is a favorite of Easthampton’s mayor, Nicole LaChapelle. Mt Tom fills the background.

I enjoyed designing this, as it was a continuation from the first mural I designed for River Valley Coop’s Northampton store back in 2015. This design shows the growing coop family and celebrates Easthampton, which is where I lived for 10 years.

The mural is 8′ long and 32″ tall. I’ll post a better photo once I have a chance to go there with proper lighting.

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