A new work of public art is going up in Williamsport on the Firestone Building at the corner of Fourth and Market Streets. Artists Dave Stabley and Carol Cillo have just begun the outline of the mosaic, an image depicting the many tools that artists use within the word “Arts.” It spans a 12 X 12’ portion of the wall.
“It’s taken a couple of years to find the space, approve the design, and get approval from the building owner to create the mosaic,” said Stabley, who designed the piece. Stabley also has created mosaics on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Stabley is a professor of ceramics and sculpture at Penn College and a member of the board for Factory Works, a nonprofit organization based in the Pajama Factory that incorporates a wood shop, clay studio, darkroom, and bicycle shop.
Carol Cillo, also a board member of Factory Works, runs The Station Gallery along with board members and other volunteers of the Clinton County Arts Council, where she serves as president. She also owns a design business called If--The Idea Factory.
The pair have known each other for many years, but this is their first mosaic collaboration. “It’s a Dave Stabley original,” said Cillo. “It’s reminiscent of his claywork,” she said, combining the style with a variety of tiles, marble, glass, mirror and other things he has collected over the years.
Stabley and Cillo estimate the artwork, which they began installing on Monday, to be complete within about three weeks. “We’ve had a positive response from people passing by,” Stabley said. “It’ll be fun to have people watch it take shape.”
The project is supported by Lycoming Arts and Public Artworks, whose mission is to provide public art experiences and opportunities for the community.