May 20 – SCRANTON – It’s a dream collaboration.
Two artists, both graduates of Marywood University, will paint the first work of the Scranton Tomorrow Mural Arts Program at 607 Mulberry St. The mural, titled “The Dream”, will feature Martin Luther King Jr. and one of his quotes, “I have decided to stick with love … Hate is too heavy a burden to carry.”
Eric Bussart will do the painting, Emmanuel Wisdom A. will do the lettering, and the mural is expected to be completed by June 3, Bussart said.
The two met in college and became cognate artistic minds.
“We kind of clicked artistically,” Bussart said. “We’ve done a ton of collaborations over the years.”
Last year, they worked together to create a mural on a side wall of the Leonard Theater in the 300 block of Adams Avenue in Scranton. The mural features brightly colored flowers and the words “Human after all”.
Bussart, who painted several murals in Scranton, designed the upcoming 20-by-60-foot mural “The Dream” as a tribute to the murdered civil rights leader. He specializes in interior and exterior wall art, album cover art, illustrated type, portrait illustration and poster, comics and comics.
Wisdom A., the Founder and Creative Director of UNA Design Co. in Philadelphia, specializes in hand lettering, typography, branding, graphic design, packaging, clothing design, painting mural and artistic direction.
The mural will go to the Mulberry Street side wall of the Scartelli building which faces Adams Avenue.
“It’s a collaboration, like fine art meets street art, that’s how I see it,” said Rose Randazzo-Pizzuto, chair of murals at Scranton Tomorrow.
The backdrop will have symbolism in colorful morning glories, chosen because the flowers are hardy, just like MLK was, Bussart said.
“At the end of the day, I just love that things are beautiful, pretty and uplifting for the community,” Bussart said.
This mural was made possible with the support of the Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture and the Scartelli family.
Four pillars of architectural columns on the wall will not be painted by the mural, but will stand out and highlight this architectural facet of the building.
“It’s good to get architectural elements, preserve them and paint around them,” said Randazzo-Pizzuto.
Next, Scranton Tomorrow is planning a three-story mural for a side wall of a building at 328 Penn Ave. which pays homage to Scranton’s role as a stop on the vaudeville circuit.
Downtown theaters often had trials of new shows and performances that, if they were successful, would move to New York. Artists who appeared in Scranton Theaters included the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, WC Fields, Mae West, Harry Houdini, Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Will Rogers.
A 36 by 100 foot vaudeville-themed mural titled “Rope Dancer” will be created by artist Joel Carson Jones, an internationally renowned artist named “Living Master” by the International Art Renewal Center.
This mural, which will be produced this summer, will feature the “trompe-l’oeil” technique which aims to create a three-dimensional optical illusion.
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