Art students donate work to Masonic Care Community

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The new Wellness Gym at Masonic Care Community has beautiful artwork gracing its walls, thanks to the generosity of local art students.

Students from the Pratt Institute and Proctor High School conceptualized and painted this mural, which can be seen on the lower level of the main Health Pavilion on the Masonic campus.

Recently, the group of Art Education students from Munson Williams Pratt Institute, along with their instructor Al Shaw, decided to share their talents not only with the residents of the Masonic Care Community Health Pavilion, but with students from the Proctor High School in Utica.

Shaw. who teaches high school art as well as teach at Pratt, contacted Masonic Care Community Director of Community Life, Jay Snow proposing that the bare walls of the Wellness Gym be painted as a mural to benefit all those who use the facility.

The four Pratt students were tasked with conceptualizing, and designing the mural and then organized the work and were responsible for directing the efforts of the high school kids.

Shaw says that all four Pratt students involved in the project hope to one day teach, and working with his 12 high school students was a wonderful opportunity.

The work began in late March, with the students spending hours on the project. The college students and high school students were working together, on their own time, to make a piece of art that will be the focal point of the wellness gym.

The mural depicts many of the activities and properties associated with the Masonic Care Community, including walking trails that meander through our Utica Campus; Round Lake with its sailboats and fishing, the Adirondack Mountains and a beautiful sunset on the largest mural which encompasses an entire wall of the wellness gym.

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