Archive for Sunday, October 22, 1995

PAINTERS GET INTO SPIRIT

October 22, 1995

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Many of their peers spent Saturday morning watching cartoons, but fifth-graders Lindsay Smith-Conboy and Anna Vickers were out creating their own art.

They painted windows as part of the downtown Halloween theme, sponsored by the Lawrence parks and recreation department.

"My painting is called 'The Scared One,'" Anna said. "It's a girl with ghosts all around her, and she's scared, in a graveyard. Halloween made me think of graveyards, so I started drawing, and it turned out pretty good."

Anna and the 50 other participants submitted preliminary sketches before being assigned a window.

"We have to keep it clean or else we can't do it next year," Anna said.

Rich Yeakel owns Marks Jewelers and donates the store's windows for the project.

"It's good for downtown, good for the kids, and we like kids," he said.

In years past, cleanup of the windows was left to individual stores, Yeakel said. This year is different. Students from the Alternative High School have offered to clean the windows when the ghoulish holiday is over.

"That'll be really nice," Yeakel said.

The Halloween project is cosponsored by the Lawrence Breakfast Optimists Club.

Club volunteer Donna Johnson passed out cups of water-soluble paints to the artists.

"This gives kids a chance to show off their work," she said.

The paintings used to be judged, but there is no competition this year.

"Everybody's a winner," Johnson said. "Everybody gets a T-shirt. One girl who was painting at Paradise (Cafe) thought she had a real advantage because they came out and gave her hot chocolate. Things like that make it fun."

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