Rural mural keeps sky sunny in Uniontown home


April 04, 1996|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERYONE MAY talk about the weather, but no one can do anything about it, or so the saying goes. This may be true for most of us, but in one home in Uniontown's historic district, spring blooms eternally in an entrance hall and stairwell mural.

Painted by decorative artist Sondra Sarles, a retired Carroll County elementary art teacher, the mural graces the home's interior with a sunny outdoor scene.

Capturing this scene in the Carroll countryside took months. Ms. Sarles and the owners brainstormed about the hoped-for outcome and consulted pictures, their imaginations and favorite Carroll vistas to come up with details that would capture a summer day in the country.

Pale blue skies and dusty green mountains form the backdrop for pastoral scenes. Colts frisk in a corral, sheep graze in a pasture, and delphiniums, black-eyed Susans and Queen Anne's lace climb fences. Tree swings and houses resembling those in Uniontown dot the landscape.

The mural also depicts fields of corn, orchards, an old spring house, a one-room school, a pond with swans gliding on it, Otterdale Mill and a barn on Stone Road.

Ms. Sarles spent many days driving around northwest Carroll, observing the scenery and sketching barns, flowers and animals. "The sheep are the hardest to capture," she said, "because they don't stand still for a minute."

The seamless mural wraps around doorways and climbs stairs. The fencing never misses a beat; neither does a stream as it flows around the walls and into a painted pond.

"The challenge was to make all the elements connect and flow together," Ms. Sarles said.

The mural was Ms. Sarles' first major project since striking out on her own as a decorative artist after years of classroom teaching.

In addition to murals, Ms. Sarles does decorative painting. Information: 848-8713.

Anyone for tea?

At least the calendar says it's springtime. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, most of us are so anxious to get out of the house for an afternoon that nothing will stop us.

If this sounds familiar, and if you'd like to take a break from digging in the garden or washing windows, head to Gettysburg for a breather. My friend Diane Plazio and I took a morning off recently and headed to this Pennsylvania town, not for its history but for breakfast and a little shopping on the square. We stumbled into a brand new Gettysburg enterprise, Thistlefields, a tea room and gift shop at 29 Chambersburg St. in the newly restored James Gettys hotel.

Thistlefields, which opened on St. Patrick's Day, offers British cream tea and a ploughman's lunch from 11: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. daily. Freshly baked scones and tea breads are made on the premises and may be bought.

The menu at the tea room -- which is owned by Jan Tebbutt, whose husband is British -- includes a large assortment of teas, ++ along with breads, cakes and sandwiches. Teapots and teacups also are for sale.

The decor also creates a homey, inviting atmosphere. Music box music plays, hand-crocheted doilies grace the tabletops, and Oriental rugs cover polished floors.

Information: (717) 338-9131.

Turn back the clock

Don't forget: Daylight-Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday -- time to jump the clocks ahead by an hour. Uniontown Bible Church invites the community to a Good Friday communion service at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Easter Sunday services will be at 8 a.m. and 10: 45 a.m. The church is on Clear Ridge Road just outside Uniontown. Information: 857-9644.

Gift shop to open

I drove by the site of Brambly Hedge, a soon-to-open gift shop in Uniontown, and noticed that United Parcel Service had filled the porch to overflowing with boxes of items that will be available at the shop.

Brambly Hedge will open April 13 at 3437 Uniontown Road, in the historic district.

The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Information: 848- 9186.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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