Pleasanton High School Art Club members, along with faculty advisor Julie Laver, have literally gone to the wall for the Pleasanton Lincoln Library over the past two weeks. Invited to paint a tribal design mural in the teen area of the new library at 752 Main St., they’ve been perched on ladders sketching and painting swirls either side of a large window on the north wall.
After a brief explanation of what we hoped they could accomplish, the teens set to work with their pencils and later paint brushes. The design begins at the top left corner and swirls down and out toward one side of the window. It also begins on the opposite bottom corner of the same wall, curling up to reach the light. Curves are difficult to draw, as well as paint, but these students have truly displayed their talents. Working diligently several afternoons and one morning, they’ve created a graphic design plucked straight from a fairy tale.
You can find several pictures of their progress on the Pleasanton Lincoln Library Facebook page. The mural will keep company with numerous green plants on shelves across the windows, adding to the magical vine-like effect. Students had a great time working on the project and have been invited to come back and do several more in other parts of the library. Art Club members involved include Harley Fletcher, Rhiannon Jones, Ashley Linderman, Sheldon Martin, Haleigh Miller, Jacob Miller, Brittany Reeves and Zach Wills.
The mural can be seen in person during the Open House sponsored by the new Friends of Pleasanton Library organization on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 3 p.m. Special guest children’s book author Andrea Warren will be there to talk about her work and display her books. New Mine Creek Battlefield Museum Administrator Adrian Zink will introduce Ms. Warren. There will be tours of the new library space, as well as cake, punch and door prizes. Visitors who do not have a library card will be invited to apply for one when they attend the free event.
It’s not too early to plan for the summer, when we begin our Dream Big: Read Summer Reading Program. It will begin Monday, June 4 and continue through July. Children, teens and adults are invited to read to their heart’s content this summer, whether they’re on an e-reader, or turning old-fashioned paper pages. More information will follow about this fun summer activity.