New mural on vacant store front beautifies downtown Ware

Hampden County

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – Workshop 13, the cultural arts and learning center on Main Street in Ware, spearheaded the creation of a mural on a building housing a number of vacant stores.

It’s all part of a business block that was extensively damaged by fire during the winter of 2016. Renovation plans had never come together, creating an eyesore downtown.

Workshop 13 director Marie Lauderdale got the idea to brighten the bleak landscape. “Each piece of the mural was made by public school children,” she explained. “Just a number of different people who came together to contribute to this.”

Marie wants drivers to stop, get out of their cars, take a picture with the mural and share it on social media.

The mural has already had a positive impact directly across the street on patrons at the Hanna Devine’s restaurant.

“Well, it just lifted my spirits,” Ware resident Peggy Baxter said. “Because it’s so sad to see this burned out building. And I saw those wings and I said ‘Well, that’s it; it’s the phoenix rising from the fire.'”

Hanna Devine’s owner Kim Craig told 22News “I think it’s an amazing addition to the community and downtown Ware. To me, it’s a representation of when people come together.”

The mural was completed just this past weekend. The artists from Workshop 13 hope their creation in some way helps to call attention and hopefully revitalize the downtown business district.

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