By Kim Lux
The streets of North East got a little brighter this past weekend as local artists and dozens of volunteers spent Sunday, Sept. 8, painting eight downtown crosswalks.
One of the event’s organizers, Anne Lewis, said the project was done in partnership with North East Borough.
“The borough was kind enough to block off the streets so the artists could work,” she said. “They also donated the supplies.”
Lewis said the inspiration behind the crosswalk paintings was to encourage people to walk downtown and hopefully entice people to visit the area.
“Our town is so fun and so beautiful that we wanted this to be another reason to bring people to North East and to increase foot traffic,” she said. “It was also designed to increase pedestrian safety by brightening up the crosswalks.”
Lewis added that while the sidewalks were being painted, the buzz around town began.
“We had hundreds of people walking by to check out all the designs while the artists were working” she said. “It’s gone viral on social media, which is also really cool to see.”
The crosswalk designs, and volunteers who painted them, are as follows:
• “Walk on Water” by Doug Bailey.
• “Caterpillar” by Henry, Tilden and Penny Abercrombie; Ava Bailey; Cullen and Emma Ferruggia; Jena Foster; Lila and Lucas Grande; Carter Lanahan; Jacob Leninsky; Anthony, Jackson and Isabella Putman; Sharon Rowe; Lily Satterthwaite and Max Smith. The group was assisted by Jennifer Smith, Kim Whelan and Anne Foster.
• “Hopscotch” by Dawn Page, Amy Brown, Amy North and Mary Helen Page.
• “Koi Fish” by Pat Fordyce, Laura Fordyce, Aidan Fordyce, Dave Slaughter, Kris Slaughter, Colton Galloway and Dylon Galloway.
• “Chevron” by Skunk & Goat employees Christina Davis, Kalen Timer, Anna Ballard and Maggie Smith.
• “Coffee themed by The Bean” by Tamara Walkers, Nate Walters, Angie Muscarella, Bruce Marzka, Abby Bohrer, Alia Gilbert, Kelly Hamman, Tabitha Hoover and Christina Davis.
• “Don’t Give Up the Ship” by Dawn Van Scoter, Caidyn Van Scoter, Rowyn Van Scoter and Leland Irwin.
• “Grapes on the Vine” by Lori Ion and Janet Rose.
“It was so much fun seeing everyone get behind this and have a good time,” Lewis said. “A lot of these people aren’t artists so it was nice to see them be creative.
“Maybe we’ll look at doing more crosswalks in the future since the response was so great,” she added.