(photo courtesy Erika Juran)

(photo courtesy Mary Hetrick)

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 21 8’ x 8’ painted quilts  that have been mounted on barns along Perry and Juniata County roadways. Students from Perry and Juniata Counties participated in this arts-residency program.

Four 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, Greenwood, Juniata, 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 and United Concordia.

Schools and community organizations who are interested in creating their own Quilt Barns are invited to contact PCCA Arts in Education Coordinator Kathleen Lesh at 717-567-7023 or aie@perrycountyarts.org.

Download a Trail Map

Maps of the Quilt Barn Trail are also available at the PCCA Gallery, One S. Second Street, Newport.

Perry County Outdoor Art Project

Perry County is known for its thriving arts culture, yet many of our citizens don’t think of themselves as particularly creative. We want to change that by calling attention to the many acts of creativity all around us—everything from murals to mailboxes, scarecrows to snowmen. We create outside art—whether it’s a garden, a stone walkway, or a welded sculpture—because it puts joy in our hearts, or it pleases others, or it’s just something that’s gnawing inside and demands to be made real.

We want to put your creativity on display! “Like” Perry County Council of the Arts on Facebook and post photos of inspiring Perry County outdoor art on our timeline: murals, sculptures, gardens, mailboxes, hay bales, signs, funny/whimsical displays, seasonal decorations, rock walls, fences, landscaping, water features, mobiles, scarecrows, snowmen, etc. If you put effort into making something that is beyond the ordinary, we want to see it and we want the world to know about it.

With your posted photos please include:

  • Who the creator is. If you don’t know, write “Unknown,” and our Facebook community will help to identify the artist!
  • The Perry County township or borough where the outdoor art is located
  • Date it was created, if known
  • An address, if the art is visible from the road
  • “Bonus points” if part of your creation includes an item purchased at PCCA Gallery
  • A brief description of what it is, if it is not immediately clear
  • The hashtags: #PCCA #OutdoorArt #PerryCounty

People of Perry County, help us inspire others with your outdoor creativity!