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New Mural Adds a Splash of Color to Downtown Alley

by on October 30, 2018 12:00 PM

A new mural has brightened a downtown State College building and alley, adding to the borough's small but eclectic collection of public art.

Artist William Snyder III, of Port Matilda, and a team of community volunteers spent the past two weekends laying out and painting the mural installed on Humes Alley, covering the side wall of For Men Only salon and leading to the rear entrance of Webster's Bookstore Cafe.

The mural is called "Wild Geese" and is inspired by the poem of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver.

“We used eight rolls of blue tape to mask each triangle, and I mixed the 95-plus colors on the fly, trying to keep up with the volunteers filling in the design,” Snyder said.

Volunteers paint the mural "Wild Geese" prior to its installation on Humes Alley in State College. Photo provided.

Trailhead, a new local organization that provides funds for ideas to make the Centre Region a better place, awarded a $1,000 grant for the mural in September.

Sharon Lucas, Gail Simpson, Angie and Drew Keller, Laura Snyder, Eric Robinson Jr., Robyn Passante, Tim Parker, June Ramsey, and Spud and Katie Marshall made up the paint team, and Garen Jenco was the installation assistant. 

Snyder, a part-time art instructor at Penn State who specializes in unique sculptures, paintings and installations for public display, also recently painted over his "graffiti-style" necktie design behind the State Theatre with a blue that will be the base for his new mural, "Be."


Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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