Mural Brightens Train Station

First coat of paint is on and the mural is underway
First coat of paint is on and the mural is underway
Mr. Ciccarelli and his son making their colorful contribution
Mr. Ciccarelli and his son making their colorful contribution
Painted sun brightens New York Avenue
Painted sun brightens New York Avenue
Student volunteers and gets creative
Student volunteers and gets creative
Family works together to capture the essence of Huntington Harbor
Family works together to capture the essence of Huntington Harbor
Young artist adding a personal touch
Young artist adding a personal touch
Taking the day to get colorful and creative
Taking the day to get colorful and creative
Painting colorful flowers as this mural starts to bloom
Painting colorful flowers as this mural starts to bloom
Bringing light to Huntington with bright paint and bright smiles
Bringing light to Huntington with bright paint and bright smiles
Hard working community together making something beautiful
Hard working community together making something beautiful

Located on both sides of the LIRR underpass on New York Avenue in Huntington, a mural created with the help of the Birchwood SBM community will be sure to catch your eye. Oakwood Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian shares the process of creating this expansive mural with 5th-grade teacher Barbara Wright who shared her past mural making experiences in Bayport Blue Point to help manifest a similar project in Huntington.

The student council and SBM kids helped to create the design for the mural before leaving school for the summer in June. They drew their own pictures, focusing on elements such as the Huntington Lighthouse and Heckscher Park to depict what is so recognizable about our beautiful town. From there, those drawings were used to create a mural design in Photoshop that would be used to spread awareness of this project so that community members and students could volunteer to contribute to this large piece. While the students helped to create the design for this large outdoor painting, artist and student parent, Nicole Franz, was an integral part of sketching the student work on the walls in grand scale.  Kim Crapanzano also supported the project by helping to sketch the vision. Along with the help of Aboff’s of Huntington Village, this mural is truly a community project. Aboff’s graciously donated all of the paint and painting supplies necessary to create this large work of art and we are beyond grateful for their generosity that wouldn’t have been possible without them!

With the approval from the town and LIRR, each weekend brings a new layer of progress. The mural appears on both sides of the underpass, showcasing the recognizable landmarks of Huntington, as well as the hard work of volunteers at every grade level. While rain had interfered with weekends set to work on the mural, more days in September have been added to continue working on the piece with hope of presenting its completion at the Unity Day Parade.