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Awesometown event to include live paintings

September 12, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Awesometown Community Fun Day has been set for Sunday, Oct. 6 and will moved to the Austintown Schools campus. The event will continue the tradition while serving as a venue to dedicate the new school buildings. Among some of the event activities will be live paintings done by local artists.

"The whole day will be dedicated to the community right here on our campus," said Barb Kliner, grant writer for Austintown School District. "What I am really excited about is our Watch an Artist event."

The Watch an Artist event will feature six local artists, including art instructors at the schools. Kliner said she is certain at least four artists will be from the schools. They will set up easels on the stage at AMS and will complete six paintings in an unusual format. Each artist will get one paint brush and one color to work with. They will start at one easel by painting their color on the canvas. After a few minutes, they will move to the next easel and add their color, continuing until all six canvases are completed with all six colors.

"They will each have three minutes to paint their color, then step back and move to another easel," Kliner said.

The six paintings will include one art deco, a cityscape, the outdoors, a whimsical piece, a geometric piece, and one Falcon. Kliner said she saw this done with chalk drawings, but because they were black and white, the finished pieces weren't that great. She believes that adding color to the mix using acrylic paint will make for a fantastic outcome.

The event will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m. during a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Fitch Robotics Team. The finished pieces will remain on the stage and will become part of the Senior Center basket raffle at 11 a.m., giving the art time to dry.

Other events taking place that day include foot races at Fitch Stadium beginning with a Toddler's Trot at 9 a.m., followed by a one-mile fun walk and run at 9:30 a.m. and a 5K race at 10 a.m. Afterwards, a variety of entertainment will be available including a car show, farmer's market, business expo, spaghetti dinner, touch-a-vehicle, a school bus safety program and programs in the Fitch auditorium.

The day will wrap up at 5 p.m. with a special closing ceremony. Kliner said the decision was made to hold the dedication of the Veteran's Memorial at Falcon Stadium to end the event.

"We will have a motorcycle parade coming from the Austintown Plaza to Falcon Stadium," Kliner said. "They will be bringing in an American flag to be used in the ceremony."



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