Long Description of 'Frogs', an acrylic painted wall mural by Daniel Toney

Creations Accessible Art Gallery at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA

This mural is twelve feet high and sixteen feet wide. The setting is the blackened glass wall on the outside of the building, the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, 1101 Peach Street, Erie, PA.

The upper section of the mural is a four foot high panel of glass, stretching across the entire viewpoint. The caption 'Leap Into Recovery' is arched in bold capital letters on this section.

The lower section is eight feet high. In the center, two frogs stand on lily pads. Each has it's arm around a vertical log, as tall as the frog, eight feet. The frogs are adjacent each other but looking at the viewer. Each frog with log fills a four foot panel.

The frog on the left is dressed with a yellow blouse and has eye lashes, suggesting a gender distinction. Her 'log' bears the inscription in large capital letters 'Welcome'.

The frog on the right wears a blue necktie. His 'log' bears the inscription 'To M.H.A.'

Each frog has their feet crossed in a relaxed, friendly pose. The eyes are happy and the faces are smiling.

The artist completes the mural with a butterfly, cattails and sea weed.

The Art Class is lead by Portrait Artist, Daniel Toney. A recent session was held during 2004, on the premises of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, 1101 Peach Street, Erie, PA. The objects were painted using ordinary props. The Art Class was highlighted by ‘Art Night’.

Art Night was organized jointly by Daniel Toney, Portrait Artist, and Shawn Tubbs. Shawn was then an intern completing graduate studies in 'Art Therapy' and is now in private practice.

The classroom with props can be seen here.

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