YATESVILLE — The artists behind the latest mural welcoming drivers to downtown Pittston will have a chance to explain their inspirations and display more of their work to the public this weekend.
The Pittston Area art students who helped artist in residence Leigh Pawling create the Greetings from Pittston “postcard” mural will meet the public at a meet the artists event Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Pittston Memorial Library.
“Since students at Pittston Area did the ‘postcard,’ this is a wonderful thing to honor our students and introduce them to the public,” said organizer and Friends of the Library president Maria Capoliarella-Montante. “Personally, I get very excited when I see our young people getting involved. They’re the future of our city and it’s nice to recognize our own.”
The mural, created by 28 students with the assistance of Pawling and Pittston Area art teacher Judy Greenwald, now looks out over downtown Pittston. Students painted symbols and scenes of the town inside each letter of the city’s name.
“We first had to get the idea,” said senior Nick Arcarese. Once they settled on a postcard, the work began.
Each student submitted their ideas for various letters in the word “Pittston,” and Greenwald said the class selected which designs would make the final mural.
“Everybody had a chance to contribute,” she said.
For the students who worked on the mural, seeing it out in the open of downtown Pittston after months of work in an art classroom represented a unique achievement.
“I just really like the idea that we’re from Pittston and we left that mark there,” said junior Kevin Sipos. “Everyone at the school worked on it.”
Junior Megan Small said working on the mural helped her and her classmates learn more about the process of producing a public art piece.
Senior Selena Rubino said the students spent nearly every class and some extra time working on the mural.
“We spent a lot of time on this,” she said. “It was all collaborative.”
Rubino, a resident of Pittston, said she loves driving by the mural and pointing it out.
“I always tell my mom, ‘that’s our mural. We did it.’” she said.
Junior Emily Kraser considered the mural a part of Pittston’s ongoing efforts to add public art to downtown.
“If I can contribute to that, I think it’s great,” she said.
Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library will host the meet the artists event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the Cosgrove Conference Room at the library. Capoliarella-Montante said the event is free and will feature refreshments for those attending.