Waynesboro: Mainstreet unveils public art mural

Mainstreet Waynesboro and the artists who created it unveils the community’s first public art mural Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m.

The mural will hang on the side of the former Western Auto building at 22 W. Main St. The Greetings from Waynesboro mural is approximately 20-feet wide by 8-feet tall.

It was the brainchild of Mainstreet’s Director of Economic Development Bill Kohler; who wisely turned over the design part to Melanie Erb, art teacher at Waynesboro Area Senior High School and adviser to the school’s National Art Honor Society.

Erb and Kohler worked together on the final design. It includes several Waynesboro landmarks from the current and past local landscape.

“We went back and forth a bit with friendly discussion on what to include,” Kohler said.

They agreed the current mural is just the start, the first of more murals to come downtown.

“We think the community will love it,” Kohler said.

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Student involvement

Erb and her students stenciled her design on the 8- by 5-foot boards and painted them in time to meet Kohler’s end-of-the-school-year deadline.

Students who worked on the board included: Sada Taylor, Kassidy Highbarger, Grace Atkinson, Alyssa Sanders, Atira Stoey, Alyssa Kauffman, Maya Mentzer and Fermin Suarez.

Erb and her students have graciously worked with Mainstreet Waynesboro before. They created a 5-foot papier-mache Waynesburger and a nearly 6-foot-tall, three-scoop Antietam Dairy ice cream cone.

Both were celebrated as part of Mainstreet’s Boro Blast celebrations.

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A community project

The community has helped support the effort:

  • Students did the artwork
  • Sherwin-Williams of Waynesboro and local painting contractor Kevin Hammond donated most of the paint used in the mural
  • Several residents donated money toward the costs of the mural. Costs included the boards, permit fees to the borough and Accredited Services; and the installation by Chad Ely of C-Ely Signs and Graphics.
  • Local resident Rob Beaumont volunteered to apply stain to the mural boards.
  • Mainstreet volunteers David Kauffman, Greg Henry and Monty Henry helped transport the mural boards to the high school and back to Main Street.
  • Building owner Dr. Dennis Miller and property manager Jennifer Martin of Antietam Realty were on board from the beginning; and very supportive of the project.

“It really was a community effort to make this happen,” Kohler said. “I can’t wait to see the community’s reaction and I can’t wait to get working on the next project.”

The community is invited to the unveiling. The building is the home of Mason-Dixon Creations and the new Nikki’s Ramen and Noodle Bowls. Both are scheduled to open in mid-September.

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