|Clifton Forge MainStreet Announces Halloween Mural Winners|
Clifton Forge, VA (Nov. 2, 2017) - On a bright and clear fall day in mid-October, lots of volunteers were picking up trash throughout The Historic District of Clifton Forge as part of the Vision 2025 Corridor Curb Appeal Initiative. At the same time, 13 Middle School Artists from here in the Alleghany Highlands, assembled at a table filled with paints, brushes, water jugs and clean up rags, to gather up materials and receive final instructions before they began creating amazing Halloween murals on designated downtown business windows.
The excitement was tangible as the young artists talked and laughed with one another while bringing their wonderful murals to life. They had to adjust their skills to accommodate the demands of a large â€śglass canvasâ€ť. At the end of 3 hours when their time was up, more than 13 windows had been decorated with original Halloween works of art and everyone was happy, tired, and in some cases even looked as if they had created murals on themselves. In the words of Kaarn Thomas, Clifton Middle School art teacher, â€śthe artistic talent, enthusiasm, and creativity of our area young people continually amazes meâ€ť.
The murals remained on view through November 1st so that the many folks who came through the downtown streets could view the wonderful Halloween designs on the business windows. During that time, a â€śmysteryâ€ť judge came through and selected 3 of the designs to receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. That mystery judge was heard to say â€śI have never had such a hard time picking out the top creations, I think they were all delightful works of artâ€ť.
- First Place Kaido Yao, 12 years old, Fire and Light Gallery window (she is home schooled at would like to be listed by age only)
- Second Place Jasmine Robinson and Cyani Ottey joint window at Upper Cuts, Mountain View Middle School 7th graders
- Third Place Susannah Borduas , Antique Mall window, Mountain View Middle School 7th grade