Students Add Flair to Local Business in Paint the Town

Photo Courtesy / ESU Flickr Many of the illustrations matched this year’s Hollywood Homecoming theme. Photo Courtesy / ESU Flickr
Many of the illustrations matched this year’s Hollywood Homecoming theme.

By Nick Russo
Contributing Writer

All photos are from ESU’s Flickr

As the essence of fall surrounds the town, the crisp, cool air and Halloween decorations are accompanied by artistic creations done by Professor David Mazure’s Illustration class.

Painted on Stroudsburg businesses are illustrations of Spider-Man, the Godfather, ESU logos as well as many others.

“I would say my favorite thing about Paint the Town was my group, the women’s rugby team,” said senior Virmarie Soto.

“They helped me put everything together. If I wasn’t graduating I would definitely participate again.”

In the Fall of 2015, Mazure was the mind behind recreating the ESU paint the town homecoming event that allowed art students to paint the windows of East Stroudsburg businesses and help spread the homecoming spirit.

In the 90’s into the 2000’s, students partnered with members of the community and other campus organizations to paint the windows of local businesses to match the theme of the years homecoming, according to professor Mazure.

“Paint the Town is a large-scale project that involves the local community, local businesses, ESU’s Homecoming Committee, the Art + Design Department, and student organizations registered with the Student Activities Association,” Mazure said in regards to his classes project.

Mazure noted paint the town as one most successful service learning projects.

“Paint the Town gives East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg a brief makeover that prepares everyone for our annual Homecoming celebration in a very positive way,” he said

Leading into this past homecoming week, students worked hard creating these images around the community in efforts to create a unity of the community with our campus.

Soto’s advice for future paint the town participants is to be patient when it comes to your projects.

“Even if your project seems frustrating or taking too much time, just keep going,” Soto said.

“All the pieces come together like a puzzle and it’s going to be worth it in the end.

As the homecoming season comes to an end, the town will have these images to recall the great memories.

For more information on ESU’s Paint the Town, contact Professor Mazure at

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