Six young artists recently took their paintbrushes and pallets to Queens Manor in Liverpool.
A mural of a bookshelf and books on a door in the enhanced unit at the manor is the group’s latest community contribution. Debbie Sponagle-Taylor’s artists have been busily painting murals.
In the spring, a group of Sponagle-Taylor’s students painted a mural in the tumble room at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy. About a month later, the young artists were at it again and painted a mural on the window beside Frenchy’s. Shortly after that, Sponagle-Taylor’s students moved up the road to paint a mural on the window at 266 Main St.
When Tara Smith, director of recreation at the Queens Manor, saw what was happening on Main Street, she approached Sponagle-Taylor about painting a door mural.
“Every year, my little art students give either to the SPCA, or last year IWK and this year, the manor,” said Sponagle-Taylor.
In other years, the kids painted rocks or greeting cards to sell. The money raised was then donated.
This time, Sponagle-Taylor said she thought the manor would be the perfect place to make a donation. So, instead of donating money, the artists donated their time and effort by creating the mural.
The project started the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Sponagle-Taylor and one of her students went up to the manor to put the base coat on the door. On Oct. 7 and 8, the group worked for two hours each day to complete the painting.
“They decided what they were going to put on the books,” said Sponagle-Taylor.
They worked well as a team, she added.
“It was a very good lesson that way,” Sponagle-Taylor said.
“Our enhanced unit came about almost two years ago,” said Smith.
Smith said the unit provides a secure, peaceful environment for those who may be at risk for wandering or leaving the building.
The idea behind the mural is to help camouflage the door, explained Smith.
“So the idea with the bookcase was to help blend it in with the surroundings (and) also to make it beautiful,” she said.
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