Public Invited to Help Paint Outdoor Mural Designed by Northampton Youths

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass senior and volleyball star Jill Meyers, who was named one of Glamour Magazine''s Top Ten College Women, has helped organize a community project set to take place this weekend.

The public is invited to participate in the event, the painting of a 30-foot, outdoor mural in Northampton. The project will take place outside Pleasant Street Liquor, near Roberto''s Pizza, May 13-14. The mural will depict a scene from a park, with representations of people of diverse ages and heritages, and flags from a range of nations. Painting will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat. May 13, and 12-4 p.m. on Sun. May 14. The event will take place rain or shine.

A group of youths collaborated in designing the mural with the help of artist Lynn Peterfruend. The young people, ages 13-16, are community teen-agers as well as youths from Franklin County. The mural space was donated by the owner of Pleasant Street Liquor.

For more information, contact project organizer and UMass student Jill Meyers at 413/256-3286 or