Falling for Art in Bloomsburg

 BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Downtown Bloomsburg is getting spruced up just in time for the Halloween season. Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan Parrish has details on why high school students spent their afternoon decorating store front windows.

At least 150 students put on their painting clothes Monday afternoon to decorate windows up and down town just like this one right here.

Organizers and students say it's the perfect way to make downtown Bloomsburg stand out during the fall.

"It's really great for people to come downtown whether they're coming for a lawyers office or they're coming to go shopping and see all of that activity." said Oren Helbok,

Helbok is the Executive Director with the Exchange, which is an organization dedicated to bringing art all throughout the community.

This is the second year the business has taken over the autumn and Halloween Window decorating and he says he can't believe the expansion of this years event

"In the last couple of years we've seen a real increase in the enthusiasm. The number of windows were up almost 50% from last year to this year." said Helbok.
More than 75 windows are being painted these next couple of days thanks to help from 7 participating schools.

Almost all of the ideas for the paintings came from the students themselves with minimal input from the businesses.

 "We had a day in art class to go online and look at different pictures and figure out what we want to do" said Jason Stotler, Columbia County Christian School

"We have one business owner who is scared to death of spiders so they said no spiders!" added Helbok

"We're doing an apple tree with a big background that kind of looks like a quilt the background is divided into a bunch of different sections with different colors." added George Dellapiazza, Columbia County Christian School


While this is an opportunity to help make downtown Bloomsburg become more alive, at the end of the day it's more of a way to bring the community together as a whole.

"It's good because in a world that's so divided and everything its nice that all of the schools can come together in the community and not focus on any of that and lets just celebrate fall and do something pretty."  Added Lily Strauch, Columbia County Christian School,

"It's good for community engagement because there's a lot of different schools, a lot of different people different backgrounds and stuff like that all working together to make bloomsburg look nice." noted Dellapiazza.

And to broaden kids horizons starting at a young age.

"The most important thing is that kids can see there's something other than sports that can make their mark in the world." said Helbok.

The window decorations will stay up until Halloween, and on November 1st

In addition, at the end of the month three judges will pick the best paintings and give away prizes.

 This is a tradition that has taken place in downtown Bloomsburg for the past 40 years.

 


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