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Artists craft Center City sensation

Stabley and Cillo bask in their sunny setting.
Stabley and Cillo bask in their sunny setting.
A hand at play
A hand at play

A mosaic is unfolding in downtown Williamsport – at the hands of Pennsylvania College of Technology art faculty member David A. Stabley.

Stabley, whose talents have brought three large-scale mosaics to campus, has been commissioned by Public ARTWORKS, a committee of Lycoming Arts, to enhance a wall of The Firestone Building at Market and East Fourth streets in downtown Williamsport.

Assisting Stabley is Carol Cillo, an artist, arts advocate and color expert from Lock Haven. Measuring 12 feet by 12 feet, the mosaic features artists’ tools and the word “Arts.” The duo struggled with recent stormy weather, but relished the sunshine and ideal work conditions Monday and Tuesday. First Friday visitors are encouraged to check out the mosaic’s progress as they explore the downtown arts scene on June 7.

The Firestone Building, a landmark at the northeast corner of Market Square
The Firestone Building, a landmark at the northeast corner of Market Square
Colorful mosaic pieces delight in downtown.
Colorful mosaic pieces delight in downtown.

Stabley and Cillo are members of the board of directors for Factory Works, a nonprofit arts and community organization based in the historic Pajama Factory near the Penn College campus. Stabley is an instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture at the college. Cillo is president of the Clinton County Arts Council, helps run The Station Gallery in Lock Haven and is co-owner of If – The Idea Factory, a design studio in rural Clinton County.

 

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