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Thursday, September 21, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBWorking from a lower section of scaffolding, artist Holly Fields-Scott paints a section of the mural on the north wall of 414 Hayes Street. PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBWorking from a lower section of scaffolding, artist Holly Fields-Scott paints a section of the mural on the north wall of 414 Hayes Street.
Architectural design artist Holly Fields-Scott holds a rendition that depicts what the mural will look like when finished by the end of July. She described it as a “street festival that celebrates the diversity of the community.” The mural project is being funded by Wells Fargo Bank. Architectural design artist Holly Fields-Scott holds a rendition that depicts what the mural will look like when finished by the end of July. She described it as a “street festival that celebrates the diversity of the community.” The mural project is being funded by Wells Fargo Bank.
A towering scaffold will be the studio for Holly Fields-Scott, her daughter, Nevada, and artists Linda Essert and Joseph Gorniak for about six weeks. A towering scaffold will be the studio for Holly Fields-Scott, her daughter, Nevada, and artists Linda Essert and Joseph Gorniak for about six weeks.

Celebrating community diversity

Monday, July 3, 2017 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

A mural currently being produced on the north facing wall of 414 Hayes Street is one part of the neighborhood improvement project currently underway under the auspices of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, with financial support from Wells Fargo Bank, according to CACLV associate executive director of community development Ellen Larmer.

Holly Fields-Scott of Bella Pintura Inc. is working on the mural, which she says “celebrates diversity of the community” and which should be finished by the end of July. After the brick exterior wall received repairs, Fields-Scott was spotted outlining and painting the mural with her daughter, Nevada’s, assistance on June 23. Their work will continue to the end of July she estimates.

Larmer explained that 414 and 418 Hayes Street, both owned by the Land Trust, will be completely rehabbed and sold as “workforce housing, and be income restricted for 99 years through the land trust model.” She said that the Southside Vision development committee is identifying properties to improve neighborhoods, and that the middle property at 416 Hayes Street, which is private investor owned, will participate as well.

Larmer also mentioned that new street trees will be planted on Hayes Street in spring 2018 to replace dead or dying trees in the neighborhood.