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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

A New Look For Potter's Coyote


February 4, 2021

For the Observer

Art student Vivian Pease, a senior, applies the finishing touches to the Potter-Dix art students' I-80 Coyote mosaic. The final step was the grouting.

After nearly a year, a class art project was finally completed by the arts students at Potter-Dix High School.

The 4-foot by 8-foot mosaic is now on display in the party room on the north side of the duck pin bowling alley. The party room had recently been renovated but had no decorations, so according to art teacher Jennifer Thomas, "We made the mosaic to add some color and design to that area. We used stain glass." More than $400 worth of stain glass was used.

The project was started by Thomas in February of last year, but then the students were sent home due to COVID-19 and the project sat for the remainder of the year.

When school resumed in August, dozens of students took turns and began working on it; more than three dozen students worked on the project throughout the fall semester.

The mosaic depicts the I-80 sculpture of the Coyote. Thomas said, "We wanted something that people could recognize and associate with Potter."

The sky is a summer sunset, turning into a night sky complete with stars and the Big Dipper. The choice of the sky was made to help use up a lot of the scraps of stain glass.

The project was financed by the art club. Local resident John Herboldsheimer helped build the brackets needed to hold and reinforce the heavy mosaic.

This Coyote mosaic is the fifth community mosaic made by the art students. Other mosaics can be found around both Dix and Potter.


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