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Students give Ace, and others, a holiday facelift

Sandy High art students share their talent with downtown Sandy customers

Sandy High’s most talented art students have done their part in helping local businesses deck the halls.

On Friday, Dec. 5, a group of students from Dan Shanklin’s art classes brought their supplies and artistic skills to downtown Sandy to paint windows.

Paola’s Pizza, AntFarm, Clackamas County Bank and Ace Hardware now have wintry murals in their windows thanks to efforts by the students.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Dan Kruse, a senior, was in charge of painting the holiday greeting on the Sandys window of Ace Hardware.

In addition to doing up a few of the businesses in downtown, SHS art students also fancied up downtown landmarks such as Sandy City Hall, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and Sandy Fire District.

Eden Estes, a junior, helped her peers by creating much-needed colors from the primary paint they had to work with. She said this is her first year helping to paint for the holidays.

Estes and eight others painted the front windows of Ace Hardware. The mural included winter critters, presents, a snow man, a holiday greeting and, of course, Santa.

“The teacher said we had to have Santa,” said junior Ashley Brown.

Estes said the only thing the group had planned was the mural’s snowman; the rest was rough sketched and painted right onto the windows.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Hanna Benson, a junior, adds color to the windows snowman, the only part of the mural that was preplanned.

“I would love to participate next year,” she said. “As cold as it is, this is so fun.”

Ace Hardware owner John Milward said the store has participated before and absolutely would in the future. He even footed the bill for hot chocolate to keep the students fueled.

According to Milward, Ace has had high school students working there in the past and the store enjoys supporting the community.

“They’re very good too,” he said.

The owners of Ace were impressed that the students did the entire job from start to finish, even taping the windows where needed.

Milward said he enjoys having a festive mural each year.

“It’s nice to have the kids’ energy,” he added. “It probably helps the business too. It makes everybody feel happier.”Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Dana Logan, a junior, paints a cheerful penguin.

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