LIMA — Allen East art teacher Scott Rose, along with Jason Ernest, designer at Cheap Sign Company created art at the Lima Mall on Saturday.
They set up their canvas’ and paint brushes near Spirit Halloween and began painting at 10 a.m.
The pair were involved in what they are calling “The Canvas Project.”
Rose knew from an early age that he would be an artist.
“I grew up going to Lima City Schools, I’ve always had a knack for it. Specifically I remember one art lesson and it’s kind of like what got me going with it. I was in first grade. When I was in second grade I made my first drawing that I really remember that my grandma has hanging up on her wall. Ever since then it’s kind of what’s I’ve stuck to. I went to the Cleveland Institute of Art and decided to become a teacher. That’s where I am now, teaching at Allen East and loving it,” he said.
So what is the goal of “The Canvas Project”?
“It’s mostly about getting people in here, interested in art. Our paintings have the theme of retail, so what better place than the mall to have a retail-based painting,” he said.
Rose’s artwork featured an old school theme.
“I’m doing my take on some vintage mannequin pieces and try and put my own twist on it, make it as interesting as I can,” he said.
So how does he feel about creating art with people looking over his shoulder?
“I do it every day at school. Having little kids show up and ask about how we get the texture in the paints and stuff like that, so it’s fun to explain to them, let them get to touch the paint, some of the modelling paste,” he said.
Ernest went for more of a seasonal theme in his painting.
“I’ve decided to do toy stores and just kind of a Halloween theme that’s going around here, so dark purples, starry night looking, just all around fun,” said Ernest.
The paintings will be on display near GameStop in the Lima Mall.
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