Graduate Scott Lenhardt Touches Up 27 Year Old Mural
Sometimes working on the same project twice can be rewarding. Salem Washington Academy class of 1994 graduate Scott Lenhardt has been busy at his alma mater giving the mural he painted his senior year some needed attention. After 27 years of regular wear and tear, Mr. Lenhardt is refreshing the mural in the high school gymnasium, featuring athletes participating in the various sports offered by the district.
Upon graduating from Salem Washington Academy, Mr. Lenhardt attended Maine College of Art & Design in Portland, Maine, where he graduated with a degree in printmaking. He chose this course of study because it was the one art major that he could draw and paint, as well as offer a wide spectrum of career opportunities spanning fine art to commercial art. He also spent some time studying abroad in Florence, Italy, which he describes as visually breathtaking.
Mr. Lenhardt has established himself as a respected freelance artist, with a diverse and impressive portfolio, which includes some notable clients. He has created numerous designs for Burton Snowboards. His visionary snowboard designs caught the eye of Mountain Dew executives, who partnered him with professional snowboarder Danny Davis to collaborate and create a design for Mountain Dew products in promoting the Winter Dew Tour.
Mr. Lenhardt has blended his talent and his love of music. He has designed album covers for Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. As a fan, Mr. Lenhardt said the experience of working with Mr. Anastasio as a fellow artist was a surreal and fantastic experience.
Without knowing it, you have already seen, or even bought some of Mr. Lenhardt’s work if you’ve ever purchased any Bove’s pasta sauce products. Mr. Lenhardt designed the labels for this family-owned and operated Vermont business, specializing in all-natural pasta sauces. He also has several favorite four-legged clients in creating pet portraits.
Mr. Lenhardt attributes some of his success to his high school art teacher, Mrs. Michel, who has since retired from Salem Washington Academy. He said she was influential in fostering his creativity and instrumental in securing an internship with graphic artist, Debbie Hall of Cambridge, during his senior year. “The opportunity to work independently and explore a career path I had interested in, sealed the deal that this is how I wanted to spend the rest of my life,” he said.
Mr. Lenhardt recently returned to the area after spending 15 years living in Brooklyn. He recommends that aspiring artists and other young people explore beyond their front door and find their tribe. He stated, “It’s important to be able to share your ideas (especially the weird ones) with people who aren’t going to judge you but actually push you and challenge you to carry them out and see them through. I love where I came from, but I also love where I went and those I met along the way.”
You can learn more about Mr. Lehnardt’s work by visiting www.slenhardt.com.