The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 17, 2013

Danville community can help create new mural

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — The Danville Business Alliance wants as many people as possible to be part of its upcoming mural project.

The alliance is looking for ideas for the mural and will hold a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Danville Borough Council chambers at Mill and Penn streets.

“We are urging people to share their ideas and if they have sketches and designs to bring them along,” Alliance Executive Director Jim Wilson said.

This will be Danville’s second mural with the first mural completed in 2009 near River Front Park. That mural, titled “Danville: Rich Past, Proud Present, Bright Future,” depicts people looking from Bald Top Mountain onto the Susquehanna River.

Wilson said the alliance gets comments on that mural which is so noticeable from the Danville-Riverside Bridge and especially from the Riverside side. “A lot of people who see the scene from Bald Top feel it is very appropriate for the location,” he said.

“It’s more of a gateway landscape view of the Valley — it’s worked out very well,” he said.

Murals serve as tourism draws with an example being Danville, Va., which has about 50 murals that make it a destination alone for the murals, Wilson said.

The closest communities in the region with murals are Milton and Williamsport.

“Murals visually engage residents and visitors and help preserve some of the history and heritage,” he said. “They are certainly a creative outlet for both amateur and professional artists,” he said.

Many people were involved in painting the first mural. Wilson anticipates the same spirit of community volunteerism turning out to work on the second mural.

“We have gotten interest from several professional artists and art students from the high school,” he said.

Jo Thompson Pennypacker will supervise the mural. She and Mary Fallon Shultz oversaw the first mural. Wilson expects Fallon Shultz to be involved again.

Pennypacker and her husband, David Pennypacker, have their fine art and photography on display through July 14 at Old Forge Brewing Co. in Danville.

The second mural will face Route 11 and be on the north wall of Royal Nails at 347 Mill St.

Funding for the mural is being provided by grants from Merck Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Bloomsburg University and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Wilson hopes the final design will be done by mid-May, painting will begin in early June and the project will be complete by early August.

Anyone who can’t attend the meeting may submit ideas to the alliance on Facebook, www.visitdanvillepa.org or at info@visitdanvillepa.org.

Email comments to kblackledge@thedanvillenews.com.