Newport Veterans Mural
The Newport Veterans Mural is a co-creation of the Newport High School art class and visiting artist in residence Jon Laidacker of Philadelphia, with the support of art teacher Jessica Barlup and the Newport High School staff and administration, and through the Arts-in-Residency program of the Perry County Council of the Arts. PCCA is an Arts in Education Partner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Nearly 100 community members of all ages also helped paint the mural during Youth Art Day in 2017.
In the students’ own words, “we really tried to capture the essence of our veterans and their legacy….the watch is intended to signify the passage of time, as the overall theme of this piece is unifying the past, present, and future…The butterflies not only add an attractive appeal to the portraits, but are actually a symbol of eternal life as well as transformation. We were also attempting to tie in the rural aspects of our community in order to connect the mural to its viewer.” The items in the foreground and the uniform are meant to represent our military’s branches.
The models on the right are VFW Newport veteran Chris Gross and his two grandchildren. His granddaughter wears his uniform with love, respect, and admiration. The Newport students considered the children to represent themselves as students. (photo courtesy Missy Smith)
The man represented in the photo at left is William H. Saylor, who was killed in battle at Bouresches, France during World War I. The VFW post in Newport is named in his honor.
The mural will be formally honored on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1 PM, and the community is welcome to attend.
We thank our generous financial supporters of this project:
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
VFW Post 34 of Newport
Newport American Legion Post 177
The Lotus Fund of the Perry County Community Foundation, a regional foundation of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, on behalf of Meredith and Matthew Schuler
Quilt Barn Trail
The Perry County Council of the Arts’ (PCCA) Quilt Barn Trail is a loop of 30 8’ x 8’ painted quilts that have been mounted on barns along Perry, Juniata and Mifflin county roadways. Students from Perry, Juniata and Mifflin counties participated in this arts-residency program.
Five years in the making, the Quilt Barn Trail is a symbol of cultural identity, community pride and artistic exuberance, connecting the county to its rich history and folk art tradition. Under the mentorship of quilting artist-in-residence Denise Hoke, students participated in a cross-curricular initiative to create this county-wide community project. Combining history, geometry and art, the students researched, designed and painted each quilt with great care and pride.
Quilt Barn residencies were made possible by the Cultural Enrichment Fund, the Robert H. and Beverly Utley Fowler Family Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, East Juniata, Greenwood, Juniata, Mifflin County, Newport, Susquenita and West Perry School Districts; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Juniata Cultural Arts Committee, and Harriet Magee; and through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program: American Sentinel Insurance Co.; Davis Vision; Dumor, Inc.; PNC Bank; FNB Mifflintown (Pennian Bank); First National Bank of PA; Eichelbergers, Inc.; Orrstown Bank; Riverview Bank; United Concordia; Brookmere Winery and John and Laura Jean Podganjy.
Schools and community organizations who are interested in creating their own Quilt Barns are invited to contact PCCA Arts in Education Coordinator Mycenea Worley at 717-567-7023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Download a Trail Map
Maps of the Quilt Barn Trail are also available at the PCCA Gallery, One S. Second Street, Newport.