By Ashley Booker The Hutchinson News firstname.lastname@example.org
Hutchinson Clinic is celebrating its new Women’s Care building through a mural dedication painted by a local artist.
The celebration will occur today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Women’s Care building, number 2201, on the Waldron campus, 2101 N. Waldron St. in Hutchinson.
Local women and children are featured in the mural, and many will be able to join in the celebration, as will the facility’s OB/GYNs.
“We decided to have the mural painted to kind of mark our Women’s Care as something special – to make it stand out,” said Sue Wray, Hutchinson Clinic director of communications.
Wray said Women’s Care wanted something that was warm and welcoming, saluted women in the way they live today, and represented women at all stages of life.
Women’s Care is “a place where you need to go and feel a little warmer – a little more comfortable,” Wray said.
The clinic is pleased with the way that Brady Scott’s mural turned out.
“We are really happy with it. It turned out really well,” Wray said about the mural, which is right inside the front door of their building.
Scott said he started with a hand-drawn sketch, projected it on the “enormous wall,” did an outline and then airbrushed it onto the wall in the evenings and on the weekends.
“I wanted to feature women doing things and living and having a good time and enjoying life,” Scott said.
Scott reached out to his Facebook friends saying he was doing the mural and he wanted to feature real Kansas women – rather than using generic models that nobody would recognize – and asked them to send him photos of themselves.
Before he knew it, over 200 photos came in.
“I was overwhelmed with the response of it,” Scott said.
The mural also features his wife and three children.
Now the mural is finished after three months and a few rounds of changes.
“I’m pretty excited about it and was happy to do something in the community,” he said.
Wray said Scott was the obvious choice after seeing his wide array of murals in town.
The Women’s Care building has been open for a little more than a month now. Before, all of the OB/GYNs were scattered in the same large building, but now all of them are closer together.
It’s easier to get care there, as “everything is in one warmer, more compact space,” Wray said.
And it’s safe to say the mural helps out with that, too.