Local artist creates a mural at fair office
HUGHESVILLE – “I don’t think of myself as a mural artist, but I do paint ‘old school’ sketching free hand with pencil or charcoal,” said Sue Faus Fritz of Hughesville. She also shared that at the turn of the century ‘Wall Dogs’ were artists who traveled from place to place painting murals. Among the imagines to their credit is the famed Mail Pouch tobacco advertisements painted directly on barns.
When approached to do a mural on the office building at Lycoming County Fair, Fritz agreed to do it. Due to the rough surface of the cement block walls, scenes couldn’t be highly detailed.
“I’d planned to recreate the midway complete with games and rides on each side, but they hadn’t moved in yet. So, I went to the fair’s website where a banner was displayed and decided to take from the many elements the fair offers,” she said.
Rainy days delayed her work schedule which happened the day she had only a small space to finish, so she kept dry in a foot wide space under the eves.
As a sign painter, Fritz has a long time affiliation with the fair. “I usually keep the first two weeks in July open as they often call for a new sign or touch ups on others,” she said.
Fritz took a lettering course at Williamsport Area Community College under the late Kline Cohick. “He was great at lettering and water color art,” she said. In high school at Hughesville, she learned the basics from art teacher Bruce Storm.
The majority of her current work is sign lettering and detailing classic cars. When asked what led her to this business, she said, “I’ve always had an aptitude for art and thoroughly enjoy the outlet.”