Local artists hope to inspire many other artists to help improve their community with their donations and make a positive impact.
PENN YAN – It was in late July 2021 that local graphic designer Paulina Garcés Reid and sculptors Sam Castner and Lindsey Dean teamed up with Carla Torres, a New York-based muralist and illustrator, to launch a long-awaited public art project. on the east side wall of the Once Again Shoppe in Penn Yan.
The mural took the team about 10 days from start to finish, but hours of work were done in advance.
“It was a labor of love. We spent months preparing. From concept to research, through community forums, village hearings and permits, to sketches and collaboration with Carla who was the expert muralist we collaborated with to bring this project to light,” said the mural team. “It was a dream team effort for sure,” they added.
The installation of the plaque accompanying the mural was the final component of this public art project. The plaque is meant to be an educational piece for residents and visitors; showing the purpose of the project and the significance of the mural, which pays homage to various historical figures and roots that created the founding of Penn Yan.
You can also learn about the unfinished mural created by local artist and teacher Bob Gillespie and the students on this same wall over many years – something the artists wanted to make sure were honored during this process.
“I love this community that embraced me and made me feel at home. Art can have a huge impact on communities and their economic development. We hope this is the start of a long streak commented Garcés Reid, noting that they could not have done this without the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) grant. “I strongly encourage anyone interested to inquire! We were so grateful to have had a wonderful board that supported our vision,” she said.
The team of budding artists hope to be able to work on another project in the near future.
The mural is located in Penn Yan Village on East Elm Street, on the east side of The Once Again Shoppe wall.