The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 21, 2013

Muralist tackles Danville project

DANVILLE — She’s painted large indoor murals and decorated Miles of Mules.

Jo Pennypacker is beginning her largest and first outdoor mural  — Danville’s second mural to be painted on the wall of Royal Nails Salon at 347 Mill St.

She is working on the design which will have an iron-related historic theme. The design includes suggestions made by the public at a meeting held in April. The design will be submitted for the approval of the Danville Business Alliance design committee.

She has received the fabric which will be painted on. It is a polytab material that will be primed with an exterior acrylic primer. “Once I have the wall measures and the final design, I will transfer the design onto the fabric in a grid-method,” the Valley Township resident said. Panels to be painted will be 5-feet by 5-feet.

The public will be asked to help with public painting days to be announced. She expects the first paint day to be the end of June.

Painting will be done in the parking lot of Cole’s Hardware on Ferry Street. Paint days will probably be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays with Pennypacker hoping people attending the growers’ market next to Cole’s will participate.

She hopes the mural can be painted by the end of July and installed by the end of August.

Warrior Run graduate and Philadelphia muralist Jon Laidecker recently visited Danville to provide instructions on applying the mural to the wall. He is expected to return when Pennypacker is ready to install the panels. 

She will be installing the mural with a gel applied to the wall and to the back of the  panels. “After it is all installed and dried, a clear sealer will be applied,” she said. The mural is expected to last 10 to 20 years.

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