A once-gray exterior wall at Newton Meats has been brought to life thanks to the artistic vision of the business’ owner and the talents of two art professors at Silver Lake College.
On Monday, professor Sister Mariella Erdmann and assistant professor Erin LaBonte completed the mural, which features four panels — each illustrating a country theme. Each panel is about 10 feet high and 12 feet wide.
Karean VanEss, owner of Newton Meats, said she was inspired to see a mural painted on the wall after noticing similar artistic endeavors in Honduras, where she volunteered on mission trips. She asked Kryssa Luckow, a fellow parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community in Newton, if she knew anyone who’d be willing to help. And Kryssa, a Silver Lake College student, notified SLC Art Department personnel.
It took LaBonte and Sister Mariella about 35 hours each to complete the mural.
“It’s just beautiful,” VanEss said. “It’s everything I hoped it would be.”
LaBonte said she was happy to get a chance to paint outdoors with Sister Mariella. It was their second joint mural – they also teamed up to paint a mural that’s on display at the Rogers Street Fishing Village museum in Two Rivers.
“I am really excited that business owners and community members … are reaching out to artists and realizing how art can change, revitalize and even inspire a community,” LaBonte said.
Shown in front of a newly painted four-panel mural at Newton Meats in Newton are Sister Mariella Erdmann, a professor in the Art Department at Silver Lake College, and Erin LaBonte, an assistant professor in the Art Department at SLC.
Sister Mariella Erdmann, a professor in the Art Department at Silver Lake College, finishes one of the four panels that comprise a mural at Newton Meats in Newton.
Erin LaBonte, an assistant professor in the Art Department at Silver Lake College, finishes one of the four panels that comprise a mural at Newton Meats in Newton.