Community helps paint mural for Selinsgrove REC

Apr. 17—

SELINSGROVE — Dozens of community members have been painting a mural that will adorn the side of the Regional Engagement Center (REC) building in Selinsgrove.

Milton mural artist Sara Bordner created the design that is being painted on five large fabric panels at the direction of artists Lynn Estomin and Andrea McDonough.

"We wanted to enhance the building, to be more artful," REC Assistant Director Shellie McCurdy said of the mural that will be placed on the Mill Street side of the former church building at 429 8th St.

The mural is being funded by First Community Foundation Partnership of PA, which has paid for two other murals installed on buildings in Milton and Williamsport.

"We work with local community groups to identify a theme and paint the panels so the mural is 'owned' by the community," said Estomin.

The mural that will hang on the REC building includes the words Comm Unity to stress public engagement, she said.

People of all ages have stopped at the REC this week to help paint the panels that will be installed in the next month or so, McCurdy said.

"Making big art is exciting," she said as several AmeriCorps members stopped by Wednesday afternoon to paint.

"It's a way to help beautify the community and I get to do it in my own town," said Alex Mullen, of Selinsgrove.

Jessica Krispin, an AmeriCorps program director, said it was a good way to spend the afternoon.

"You don't have to be an artist and everyone is able to touch a piece of this," she said.