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ArtsWestchester, White Plains Unveil Colorful Street Mural

White Plains and ArtsWestchester officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate new street art at Mamaroneck and Martine avenues. Photo Credit: Provided
From left: Kite Realty Group Asset Manager Robert McGuinness; White Plains Mayor Tom Roach; ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam; Street Artist Wayne “Wane One” Peterkin and White Plains BID Executive Director Kevin Nunn celebrate a new downtown mural. Photo Credit: Provided
A closeup of the new street mural in downtown White Plains. Photo Credit: Provided

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam joined the community on Monday, May 14 to celebrate the completion of a new street mural on Mamaroneck and Martine avenues. 

The public art project, created by well-known street artist Wayne “Wane One” Peterkin, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the arts council building.

“The public art piece serves as a colorful welcome mat inviting residents and visitors to White Plains and into ArtsWestchester’s gallery, as well as our nine-story building filled with artist studios and creative businesses,” Langsam said.

Marked by a ribbon-cutting, Monday’s ceremony officially unveiled the 1,650-square foot street art installation that spans across the street entrance of ArtsWestchester. 

Named “Brighter Colors Better Life,” the mural is a visual composition of deconstructed geometric shapes created by a harmonious buildup of oversized 2D prisms of vibrant colors and hues. The alternating shapes and colors side by side creates a unique and interesting aesthetic.

Wane One said, “’Brighter Colors Better Life’ is inspired by ArtsWestchester’s enduring presence in Westchester County.” 

According to Wane One, this mural was designed in a technique that produces a kaleidoscopic effect for viewers as they engage with interesting lines, shapes and colors. The neatly crafted and abstracted designs are painted behind the larger shapes, pushing them to the foreground and popping the brighter color shapes off the background. When looking at the mural from street view, it appears that the abstracted shapes are floating in space as the grey primer will seamlessly blend the mural with the surrounding buildings and environment.

"ArtsWestchester has been a great champion of utilizing art to enliven our public spaces,” said Mayor Roach. “We are so pleased to have been able to work with them on this project – a first of its kind for White Plains."

ArtsWestchester acquired 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in 1998. The installation of the street mural comes two months after ArtsWestchester put its name on its building. 

To continue the 20th anniversary building celebration, ArtsWestchester will host “Arts ‘Birthday’ Bash” on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. 

The event, which will feature food, fun and contemporary art, will offer guests delicious cuisine and cocktails from more than 30 prestigious restaurants, as well as the opportunity to meet well-known artists in their open studios throughout the historic building. 

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