MAHOPAC, N.Y. - An original painting by Mahopac High School rising senior Alana Green was chosen as the winner of Mahopac Public Library’s mural competition and the work was unveiled at a ceremony last month. 

Green’s painting, which shows a young person reading a book on the banks of Lake Mahopac with the library in the distance, was chosen from a number of entries submitted by local high school students. Green’s mural is painted on a large wall in the lower level of the library, outside of the Book Barn.

“We chose Ms. Green’s painting because it is evocative of our community:  the beautiful lake, the serenity of nature, the Library building; and all the characters in the painting are engaged in books,” said Alice Walsh, Mahopac Public Library trustee and a member of the Mural Selection Committee. “The Selection Committee members felt the painting will bring the beauty of the outdoors to the inside of the building. It will look great in large scale on the wall.” 

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Green said she’s always been inspired by the lake’s beauty,

“I grew up coming to Mahopac Public Library and I saw this painting as a way of giving back,” she said.

Green received a $500 honorarium for her work, funded by a private donation to the library. She created a larger version of her painting on the wall inside the library with assistance from MHS senior Caitlin Zelley. Both students are interested in pursuing their interest in art at the college level.