About 15 artists of a variety of ages participated in Paint on Main, painting holiday- and winter-themed scenes in the windows of downtown Garner businesses on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The event started last year, when it was only open to local students. This year, the day of painting put on by the Garner Revitalization Association and Grafixhouse was also opened to area artists. Coordinators hope the artwork will help draw customers to the downtown businesses.
“Doing it the week before Thanksgiving helps put eyes on downtown for the holiday season,” said Mari Howe, the director of the GRA and the town’s downtown development director. “This is our contribution for the town’s holiday festivities.”
Participating artists were required to submit a sketch of the artwork they intended to paint on the windows of the businesses.
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North Garner Middle School had several waves of art students and Repurposed Art Club members contributing to the cause.
Eighth-graders Saniyya Saxon and Alexandra Wright and seventh-grader Erin Tate spent much of the morning adding details to a painting of a snow globe depicting scenes from around Garner, including parts of downtown with the water tower in the background.
Patrick Miller of Raleigh used two panes on the front of LN&M Hair Salon & Academy for his painting featuring elves stirring, painting and adding marshmallows to a cup of hot chocolate.
Julie Snead of Garner added a Scrooge-like touch with her painting of a Christmas version of Grumpy Cat, reading “Ho Ho No,” in another one of the windows.
Some of the artwork was more traditional and decorative, featuring commonly seen holiday elements like snowflakes and snowmen.