Methacton graduate paints mural for Upper Providence frozen-yogurt shop

Local artist Emily Dupont paints a mural on the walls of Yogo Blast store in Oaks August 8, 2014. Photo by Gene Walsh/21st Century Media

UPPER PROVIDENCE — High on a ladder, paintbrush in hand, with the wall of a new frozen-yogurt shop as her canvas, Emily Dupont explained that the graffiti-esque impressionistic mural she was on the verge of completing was a bit different than the realistic still lifes she normally paints.

As an advanced placement art student in her senior year, the recent Methacton graduate had dabbled in the 2D-style art that came in handy this summer when the owners of the soon-to-open Yogo Blast shop in Oaks requested her hand in designing a trendy mural.

“I was always on the more realistic side, showing the values of objects and people I painted,” said the Renoir-inspired artist. “So this was a lot of fun for me, more over the top,” she added, noting the subtle imprint on her imagination by modern artist Charmaine Olivia.

“She’s more of a modern impressionist, which is what I would call this,” Dupont said, motioning toward her nearly finished handiwork bursting to life in vibrant latex shades of “mélange green,” “vigorous violet” and “dragon fruit.”

“She’s not very well known, and you usually have to be dead before you’re famous, so she’s not there yet.”

The swirl of frozen yogurt at the top of the Yogo Blast name was, like other elements, a collaborative effort between Dupont and owner Lisa Gorczyca, who envisioned a mural that would appeal to kids.

“We live in Methacton School District, so I reached out to the art department and they referred me to Emily,” Gorczyca said. “She had painted a mural at the school in the gym area and they thought she would be perfect for this.”

Dupont’s work was recently spotlighted in the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s “Touch the Future” exhibit, which featured 200 pieces of juried student artwork that included traditional and digital photography, computer graphics, mixed medial functional ceramics and sculpture.

A stream of blueberries, strawberries, limes and bananas flowing up to the ceiling was Dupont’s off-the-cuff way of showcasing the healthy aspect of YogoBlast frozen yogurt, she allowed.

“I did this part freehand. When you put something on paper first it won’t necessarily turn out the way you imagined — at least not for me,” she added, laughing.

Surprisingly, when Dupont heads off to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall, she’ll be majoring in business administration and human resources, not art.

“That’s why I’m glad I had a chance to do this,” she said. “I really enjoy it and keeping up with art in some way.”

Yogo Blast, 180 Mill Road, Oaks, opens Saturday at 11 a.m.

View a photo gallery of the Yogo Blast mural here: http://bit.ly/Yogo-Blast-mural.

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