783 Points of Light Meets Pine Grove Area

An assortment of recently finished mini murals created by the Pine Grove Area High School students.

Alyssa Zerbe, Features Editor

“We want these murals to be a representative of your community, you, and who you are, so we want them to be things that make you happy- that make you proud,” says Lorraine Felker, a director for the 783 Points of Light mural project, “And that way when we put them in the community and people see them it’s going to put a smile on their face and that’s what we want- to develop a stronger sense of pride of who we are, what we have to offer, and all the good things that are going on in Schuylkill County.”

“It’s something participants can come back to to show the future generation and their children. We are thinking long term generations, we are not just thinking right now,” says Felker. 

The name 783 Points of Light comes from the 783 square miles that make up Schuylkill County. The Walk In Art Center is helping create one 1×1 mini mural for each square mile, so these murals are spread throughout the county. They are persistently working with every school in Schuylkill County to complete their goal. 

“I love the idea of a collaborative mural project and experiencing workshops,” says Ms. Bux, “You’ll be able to see these murals throughout the district, which I think unifies us. I thank Pablo and the Walk in Art Center for this opportunity”

The Walk in Art Center has many free opportunities for younger artists, which is something almost never seen. A large portion of the teachers teach their classes through grants and fundraising. One of the main goals of the Walk In Art Center is reaching out and bringing art/creativity to the community.

Pablo Lebron Culp, an active artist at the Walk In Art Center and a tremendous help with multiple mural projects says, “ I want to do pure creation and destroy your concepts of how art is supposed to be. We have to use our minds.”

“There’s a lot that goes into a project like this,” says Culp, “All schools had to fundraise to be able to provide this project, which is something special- an opportunity little will ever get.”

The murals are done by painting a special cloth with a specific paint. A sealant goes over the painting and will stay for approximately 20 to 30 years. Most students had one mural to themselves besides a few select students with partners working on the same piece together. 

“It actually helped having a partner because [Kamryn Stine and I] could have each other’s input instead of trying to figure it out all yourself so we could help each other and use each other’s strengths to figure it out,” Skye Herring, senior, says. 

Maya Perez, senior, says, “I think this project sheds a positive light on the community because to others we may be infamous for not the best things, but this shows there are still many great things about Pine Grove.”