There’s a new face in town. A colorful mural on the side of the AM Skier Insurance building greets visitors traveling east on Main Street in Hawley. Titled “Moo,” the giant work of art boasts the face of a friendly cow. The installation is the first in a series designed to promote the arts within the community.
AM Skier launched the initiative in conjunction with its 99th year in business and as a token of appreciation to local artists. The insurance company partnered with the Wayne County Arts Alliance to issue a call for artwork. Nearly 250 submissions were received. A panel of judges reviewed all of the entries. Damascus, PA resident Ula Nero created the winning piece. She drew inspiration for the pastoral scene from the dairy farms surrounding her home. Nero’s artistic style is bright and textural. She has an affinity for painting funky animal portraits and loose, vivid landscapes.
Measuring 14 by 18 feet, “Moo” is hard to miss. The mural will welcome travelers along Main Street for a year, then new artwork will be chosen and put in its place. If all goes according to plan, other Hawley businesses will soon sponsor murals. The quantity and quality of submissions also spawned the concept of a seasonal outdoor art gallery. Harmony in the Woods, a new performing arts site scheduled to open in 2020 just outside of Hawley, will incorporate the display.The murals will hang around the terraced seating area in the trees.
Hawley is a popular enclave for many artists. The region’s scenic beauty and community-minded atmosphere fosters a spirit of creativity. Visit the Hawley Silk Mill and browse Looking Glass Art Gallery.The mixed media collection features a variety of original pieces created in Northeast PA. At Ledges, we’re proud to showcase the works of gifted local artists around the property. We invite you to browse the paintings, photographs and sculptures displayed in our gallery-like setting. Many pieces are even available for sale. Plan your next stay to explore the rich diversity of artistic talent in the Pocono Mountains.