The regular meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners Thursday brought with it the infectious smile and beautiful art of Juan H. Espino.
Espino has been a resident of Wayne County since 1988 after relocating from his native Mexico.
His paintings of Wayne County "noticeably capture a longing to return to the honest simplicity of childhood" according to a release. The paintings work to capture things like streets, landscapes, festivities and "especially people."
The background of his works tend to be beauty, composition and architecture that work to emphasize "strongly the naivety of his people" and to give "the general illusion of innocence."
In a statement about his work, Espino says, "The reason for me to paint the way I do is that a painting should look joyful in its surrounding, whereby there are always more people present then could reasonably be expected in the situation inviting a close look at the details and little jokes, so that a smile will show on the spectator."
State representative Mike Peifer is welcoming Espino's art to be shown in an Art Naif Exhibit. The exhibit will be held at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building in the East Wing Rotunda, Harrisburg.
The exhibit will run from Oct. 1 to 31.
To coincide with the opening of the exhibit, the commissioners declared Oct. 1 to be Juan H. Espino Day in Wayne County.
Of the honor, Espino said ,"Thank you so much for this high honor."
"When I first starting showing my paintings 18 years ago," he said, "the (Wayne County) Courthouse was the first place" they were displayed.
Espino thanked Peifer, The Dime Bank, the people of the Wayne County for "their strong support," and his friends.
Commissioner Jonathan Fritz thanked Espino for his constant "portrayal of happiness." Commissioner Wendell Kay also thanked Espino for his "wonderful portrayal of Wayne County to the outside world."