Penn Valley Mural, Hometown Ecology by artist, Eurhi Jones

December 2018 - The Penn Valley mural is complete! Local mural artist, Eurhi Jones has artfully rendered the beauty of our area in a modern and creative design. Cyclists move through a scene reflecting native fauna and flora in addition to historic elements in Penn Valley like our County Bridge No. 5 on Old Gulph Road near West Mill Creek Park and our historic Quaker signage. Eurhi also creatively incorporates the topographic map of Mill Creek and stream to reflect the nature of the local watershed. Click here to learn more about native species depicted in the mural.

See the photos of Eurhi below as she transforms a blank wall into something magical. Assistants included her husband and fellow mural artist, David McShane and Wynnewood resident, Maria Wodraska. The Harriton High School Art Club stopped by for a painting day too! Thank you to all!

Asked why she chose to work on the PV Mural Project...I live in Belmont Hills, right next to Penn Valley. My family and I often “get away from it all” by taking a hike on the Mill Creek trails just a few minutes away. When the Penn Valley Civic Association asked me to create a mural about the area, I jumped at the chance to draw attention to our native trees, plants and animals through art. I think it’s absolutely essential for our inner well-being and our larger environment that we remember to get away from cars and computers and connect with nature - especially right in our own backyards.
— Eurhi Jones, mural artist

Thanks to this great team who helped make the mural project a huge success! From left to right, Steve Filippone (Vice President, Penn Valley Civic Association), Kitty Rapalyea (President of The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail), Jen Kelly (Treasurer, Penn Valley Civic Association), Eurhi Jones (Mural artist), Maria Wodraska (Mural painting assistant), Michelle Detwiler (President, Penn Valley Civic Association) and Dan Goldberg (owner of the Main Line Cycles building)

The Penn Valley Civic Association sponsored this community mural with Lower Merion Township through it’s facade improvement program. It graces the west wall of 919-921 Montgomery Avenue, the home of Main Line Cycles and Fast Signs. Over 100 residents from across the Township participated in a community paint day. Thank you to our many generous donors—both residents and businesses—and the owner of Main Line Cycles, Dan Goldberg for his generous partnership in the project.

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Cedar waxwing

Want to attract the species in the mural to your yard and neighborhood? Learn more about native plants here. Native plants feed caterpillars which birds depend on to raise their young. Planting more native trees, shrubs and flowering plants in your space will support the entire array of pollinators and other insects which form the base of the food web upon which all life depends.

The purpose of the mural is to foster community, educate about environmental issues and native plants/trees, reflect the character of the Mill Creek Valley and Penn Valley and beautify the Penn Valley business district. Eurhi has been painting murals for 20 years. Have you seen her work at the Please Touch Museum or the Philadelphia zoo? She and her husband David McShane just completed a mural at 1300 Arch Street in collaboration with the Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Read a recent article about her here.

Photo credits from the community paint day go to Joan Trachtenberg, Jen Kelly and Michelle Detwiler

Thank you to our generous MURAL project sponsors!

Oak $500

Salon Tenshi

Kaylynn and Victoria Davila

David and Susan Hoog

Anonymous

Max & Elyse Berger/Robert Kagan & Paula Sunshine

Narberth Animal Hospital

Damon Michels Realtor

The Juice Merchant

STAPLES

Birch $101-499

Drs. Jerry and Sue Aronson

George and Kris Prendergast

Ellen Briggs

MF Cardamone

Juliet and Marc Goodfriend/Moreau

Stefanie Langer

Michelle Detwiler and Lars Pace

Mike & Jen Kelly

Kristina & Daniel Chang

Art Goes to School

Dogwood $51-100

John Clarke and Miriam Solomon

Redbud Native Plant Nursery

Adam Sherman

David Preefer

William P. Becker

Zachary Johns

Marcia & Ron Rubin

Marie Benz

Neil G. Epstein

Dr. and Mrs. Enrique Hernandez

Susan and Joseph Passante

Nicole Herman

Steve and Anne Filippone

Anne DeLosso

Leigh Ann & Eric Dichter

Lisa Margolis

Kellie Hamrick

Jody Holton

Arnold Rovner

Sassafras $26-50

Carol Love

Louisa O’Neal

Michael Flanagan & Joyce M. Gray

Sandra Bloch

Naomi & Al Gerstein

Joan Barone

Richard Brown

Jennifer Milani

Buck and Mary Scott

Allen and Kathryn Haas

Betty and Arthur Hausman

June Lauer

Seth and Allison Freed

James and Rebecca Cristol/Kittell

Jenny and Bill Graven/VanDecker

Amy Behrman

Ellen and Gary Wasserson

Patricia Burgess

Virginia Keller

Eileen Malloy

Anahita & Cavas Deboo/Pavri

Qingyi Song

Rebecca Halpern

Dr. Alex Siegel

Beneficial Bank/Carlos Rodriguez AVP

Redbud $1-25

Kathleen Maxwell

Helen Roberts

Karen R. Cohen

Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Friedberg

Chojnacki Family

Rembrandt Cleaners

Deborah Seitz

Maxine Mollick

Harvey Lerner

Joan and Steve Trachtenberg

Chris Campbell

Ryan Margulis

Barbara and Joseph Berkowitz

Jill Spiegel

Helen and John Roberts

Shari Steinberg

Bonnie Schulman

Janet & Andy Harmelin

Jean Cohen

Thomas & Elizabeth Keech

Mary Lou & Phil Olin

Keith & Elizabeth Barrie

In-kind donations

Wawa Foundation

Fastsigns of Main Line

Acme Markets

The Pub of Penn Valley

 The specially designed t-shirt with the historic Penn Valley neighborhood sign and a mini-graphic of the mural is still available for purchase at one of our community meetings or by emailing pennvalleycivic@gmail.com. T-shirts are $15 each.

The specially designed t-shirt with the historic Penn Valley neighborhood sign and a mini-graphic of the mural is still available for purchase at one of our community meetings or by emailing pennvalleycivic@gmail.com. T-shirts are $15 each.

 Mini-graphic designed by local mural artist, Eurhi Jones. This appeared on specially designed t-shirts for purchase to help support the mural project. In addition to our historic neighborhood sign, a spicebush swallowtail butterfly accompanies locally native plants and trees including, phlox, blood root, oak, dogwood and sassafras.

Mini-graphic designed by local mural artist, Eurhi Jones. This appeared on specially designed t-shirts for purchase to help support the mural project. In addition to our historic neighborhood sign, a spicebush swallowtail butterfly accompanies locally native plants and trees including, phlox, blood root, oak, dogwood and sassafras.

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The Penn Valley Community Mural titled Hometown Ecology by local artist, Eurhi Jones in December 2018. Can you name the trees, plants, birds and butterflies?