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Community Bench: Bellefonte Area – Stained Glass Windows


Artist: Elody Gyekis and Community

Location: Saint John Lutheran Church (entrance to drive), 216 McCallister Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823


The community benches are based on themes generated at the community meetings that were not covered by other artists. At the Bellefonte meeting many people shared how much they loved the beautiful Victorian architecture and the detailed decorative stained glass and wrought iron work.  The bench design includes composite stained glass windows from around Bellefonte and a few from other parts of Centre County, both from churches and secular buildings, and also a wrought iron fence from historic Bellefonte. 


Bellefonte Middle and High School Art Teachers, students and community members participated in painting this bench.  Bellefonte Middle School hosted the community painting event in their art room.


”Of all of the Public Art Projects I have helped bring to fruition, this has been the most expansive in reach and most logistically complex. It has been a real pleasure working with my incredible partner in the project, Ann Walker, all of the artists who created proposals and painted benches, all of the community members who leant their hearts and minds to the idea building process and all of the community members who showed up and helped to paint the community benches. (Ann Walker asked me to help direct the project!)”


About the Artist:

Elody Gyekis and Community Elody Gyekis earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Ceramics from Penn State and currently is based in Centre County where she is a resident artist at the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Millheim, PA when she is not travelling and living in other parts of the world. In addition to her fine art work, she has been a community arts organizer and muralist for many public arts projects across Pennsylvania and beyond and is currently the Artistic Director of the Book Benches of Centre County project.  Elody lives and works in Spring Mills/Millheim.

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