Whitney Signs donates window art

by: CONTRIBUTED - Mary Whitney paints a comissioned winter scene on a Book Nook Window, Wednesday, Dec. 4. How are you doing on holiday cheer?

If you’re downtown, look around. You’re surrounded.

As is her tradition, Mary Whitney has been busy painting Christmas scenes in downtown windows since mid-November.

“If you see a window painting up there, we did it,” Whitney said.

Whitney owns Whitney Signs with her husband, City Councilor Sean Drinkwine.

by: CONTRIBUTED - Whitney painted these Christmas critters in the vacant Safari Club windows.She estimates she has painted 15-20 Christmas scenes in downtown Estacada this year.

“I’ve been doing them for so long I could probably close my eyes and draw a snowman,” Whitney said.

A few years ago, Whitney began painting seasonal and holiday scenes in the windows of the Estacada Area Food Bank for free.

Whitney had been doing commissioned Christmas scenes for businesses for some time when she got the idea to donate window paintings for some of the by: CONTRIBUTED - This festive fellow was painted on an Estacada Area Food Bank window.vacant storefronts downtown.

“We saw the empty storefronts and thought that this would help make the town look more Christmassy,” Whitney wrote in an email.

This year, Whitney Signs has donated seven Christmas scene window paintings so far.

Art has been a part of Whitney’s life for a long time.

Whitney got a degree in fine art from Long Beach City College in 1980.

by: CONTRIBUTED - These guys grace the former Mad Dogz Hobby's window.In the 1980s and 90s, Whitney was a sign maker for Safeway.

She would be asked to do art that would draw people to the produce, floral, seafood and other sections of the store.

During that time, Whitney said she really got into cartooning.

Whitney moved to Southeast Portland in 1982 to be closer to family.

She discovered Estacada through boating at North Fork.

For a while, she had a big house and 23 acres in rural Estacada.

Whitney and Drinkwine moved within city limits in 2006, and they were married in 2007.

Whitney Signs, a family business, has been in Estacada since 1992.

The business specializes in designing, creating and installing signs, banners, lettering and hand-painted window graphics.

“ We are giving back to our community in an artful way and are thankful for our loyal customers in Estacada,” Whitney wrote. “We sincerely hope that a little holiday cheer and some smiling snowmen can bring back that Christmas charm to our little city.”

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