Area artist hopes to help beautify Jeannette with murals
A mural project is coming to downtown Jeannette as part of the ongoing efforts of the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) to beautify the city.
NPP is a state tax credit program that is bringing about $500,000 into the City of Jeannette over a five-year period.
The NPP's subcommittee, the Jeannette Community Action Team, is responsible for several cleanups in the downtown area, helped to purchase and hang seasonal banners and flower baskets on light posts along Clay Avenue, bought a new chandelier for City Hall and provided labor to hang the downtown Christmas lights.
At the last team meeting, Crabtree native Raphael Pantelone, a well-known area artist whose murals can be seen in downtown Greensburg, made a presentation to the group and offered assistance in moving the mural project forward. Pantelone was “artist in residence” at the Twin Lakes Arts and Heritage Festival in 2011.
Pantelone brought several drawings to show the action team that illustrates ideas of things that can be painted on buildings or painted on other surfaces and hung on buildings.
“You want to do something on the building that draws attention to the architectural features. Builders don't do those kinds of features anymore,” said Pantelone.
He also demonstrated how exaggerated paintings can be used on panels in second floor windows to show things like large forks and spoons above first-floor restaurants and how light poles could be spruced up using geometric designs.
Pantelone explained to the group that “paint is the easiest way to alter or change something. It is really inexpensive and can really brighten the community.”
He suggested that the team speak to community members and school students about ideas for murals. He said he would like to work with the students if at all possible. Pantelone is an elementary school art teacher at Greensburg Salem School District.
Team member Laura Smith will contact the high school to see about potential involvement.
Residents of the city of any age, who have ideas about murals subjects or even sample drawings should mail them to Jeannette City Hall, to the attention of Diana Reitz, 110 S. Second St., Jeannette, PA 15644.
All ideas and drawings should include a full name, address and phone number. Ideas and drawings must be submitted by the end of May.
Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.