Recently, Westerly-Pawcatuck welcomed artists from all over the world to help create beautiful art on the walls of our towns as part of Bricks and Murals. The Walldogs, as the group of artists are known, devoted plenty of time and talent to this project. While our #artistsofwesterly project aims to mainly capture local artists, we thought featuring one of the Walldogs would be perfect since they created art locally that will stay in our town. We found Audrey Eberle, one of the amazing volunteers from Butler, Pennsylvania, to profile!
1. What is your background in art?
I have been involved in art my entire life. I focused on art in my schooling and have used art in my personal life, education, family, employment and community. It is very much a part of who I am, not just what I do. For the past 12 or more years I have been involved in creating the scenery, costumes, props and make-up for our high school’s theater productions. We do at least 2 each school year. I have also done murals at our Elementary school and several day care centers. We raised six children, so I have had ample opportunities to keep my creative drive engaged!
2. Which mural(s) did you work on here in Westerly/Pawcatuck?
I worked on the Medal of Honor mural and the Children’s Mural and prep work at the Knickerbocker Cafe.
3. What drew you to working on the Children’s Mural?
I was invited by Wendy Brown to be involved in the Children’s Mural. We had talked about it when we first arrived in Westerly and I loved the idea of that project. I love working with children! The concept of the mural captured my heart and I was excited for the opportunity! Working with Bethany Austin and Tyler Kay was a joy, as well as all the other folks who helped us there all day! I loved seeing that spark come alive when the children would put their paint & brush to the wall. Truly magical!
4. How did you become involved with Walldogs?
My husband & I , our son and daughter-in-law were involved in the project that came to our home town of Butler, PA in 2016. My son had learned about it from a friend and he & I signed up as artists and I was hooked! My husband joined us on the planning committee as well. We built the framed stands for the panel walls and worked on the logistics of making it all happen. Lots of hard work and loved every minute.
5. What has been your favorite part of working with Walldogs?
I was embraced by the people and the idea of creating beauty that would draw a community together for a good cause. The opportunity to work with and learn from talented folks is priceless. We fell in love with Westerly-Pawcatuck and it’s people!!! It amazes me how strangers become family in less than 72 hours, but it is magic and it is real. It is a deep feel good experience.
6. Do you have other creative hobbies, too?
Too many to list! I love just about anything I can create with my hands! I do quilts, costumes, clothing, greeting cards & scrapbooks, bulletin boards and children’s crafts, home decorations, wedding planning and decorating, jewelry, sculpting, yarn arts, painting, drawing, illustration, writing, music, singing, motherhood and grand-parenting, and am currently taking a pottery wheel class, just to name a few. I love the process of creating!
We want to send a huge thank you to Audrey not only for participating in our mini-profile, but also for leaving so much beautiful art in our town! Make sure to check out her work on the Children’s, Medal of Honor, and Knickerbocker Murals!