PCDA Creates Interactive Mural

Mike Seals - June 12, 2020 6:58 am

The Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA) has created an interactive, community project with their “Paint by numbers” mural.  Local working artist Kortny Dylewski, Red Dirt Rosie, was commissioned by PCDA to create the mural which is located on the south side of the PCDA owned City Central building at 400 E. Central Ave in Ponca City.

“PCDA staff wanted to created a socially distant project to invite the community to participate as part of our ‘Forward Together’ project coming out of COVID-19 quarantine,” stated Lori Henderson, PCDA CFO and City Central Project Coordinator.  “We have had great response with the paint by numbers.   This 130 foot mural will stand as a reminder of all Ponca City moving Forward Together after this time of quarantine and separation”.

The public was invited to paint starting Tuesday, June 9 after Dylewski finished the outline and numbering of the mural.  Those individuals and families wanting to participate in the mural may call the PCDA office and reserve a time to pick up paint and brushes at 580-765-7070.  Paint is provided by PCDA and the color scheme is numbered one to 20 on the mural to make painting easy even for the smallest members of the family.  There is an initial wall where those painting may sign their artwork to become a permanent part of the mural.

This project brings art to those who might not consider themselves artist, but want to be involved in community projects.  “Even I can paint by numbers” stated a participant.  “This type of project allows people to participate in public art.  Paint your spot and be a part of this big piece of art,” stated mural creator Kortny Dylewski.  Other projects in the PCDA Forward Together program include a food truck and outdoor eating venue named “Central Fare” on the west side of City Central which should open this summer; Yoga in the Courtyard in partnership with OM Yoga on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. and summer productions in the courtyard with local theater groups.

Forward Together Paint by Number Mural will continue until all colors have been completed.  Dylewski will finish the mural with outlining and completion of the paint sealing of the mural.

For questions or more information on the City Central Community Mural, please contact CIty Central Project Coordinator Lori Henderson at 580-765-7070 or visit www.CityCentralPC.com.  To contact the artist Korthy Dylewski, her website is www.reddirtrosie.com.


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