SCHWENKSVILLE PA – A steam-powered locomotive, which rumbles next to the Perkiomen Trail and pulls alongside passengers waiting on the platform of a bright yellow station, is the focal point of an artist’s mural (see the rendering above) that will welcome borough visitors from the currently blank canvas that is the north wall of the Sabo apartment building, 350 Main St.
After months of planning and review, Schwenksville is ready to spend an $18,300 grant that it won from Montgomery County last July on the vision of urban landscape artist Teresa Haag. Haag has been commissioned to create the two-story sized painting that Borough Manager Anne Klepfer says is intended to “emphasize a moment in Schwenksville’s history and connect it with our future.”
Borough council members and Schwenksville residents alike have eagerly anticipated the mural work since the “Montco 2040: A Shared Vision” grant award was announced during mid-summer 2016. According to Klepfer, the council is expected to approve the design during its meeting Thursday night (April 13, 2017) at 7 p.m. in borough hall, 140 Main St. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.
Haag is known for painting almost photo-realistic images of larger-than-life views in popular and growing municipalities like Phoenixville. Her design for the Sabo structure was “a unanimous choice” among those on a revitalization task force formed to erect the mural, Klepfer said.
Task force members, led by Councilman Todd Larsen, purposely took time in making their selection. Haag provided them with three different subject matter options, from which the train depot scene emerged as a clear winner for the high traffic location. The mural will be readily visible from Main Street, which it faces, and from the adjacent trail.
Once authorized by the council, the artist hopes to begin painting next Wednesday (April 19), and finish within four to six weeks. Haag will be hard at work on May 6 (Saturday), when the borough observes its annual Community Day. She’ll be available to discuss her art, what she does and how, and also answer visitors’ questions.
Photo from the Borough of Schwenksville