Halloween art brightens local storefronts

October 26, 2011 Heather Chin
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What does Halloween look like to you?

To Lucia Alleca, a fifth grader at Visitation Academy, it lookslike a little girl dressed as a fairy-witch perched atop a giantpumpkin. To eighth grader Brianna Curulli, also from Visitation, itlooks like a skyline of silhouetted buildings against the night skyand a full moon – only the buildings are tall jack-o-lanternsgrinning out under the moon’s light. Meanwhile, to P.S. 185 fifthgrader Demetri Kotsis, Halloween looks like cartoon monstersenjoying the night.

These were just a few of the hundreds of paintings created bystudents from 30 schools throughout Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights forthe 59th annual Fall Art Window Painting and Poster Contest,sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) with the helpof dozens of businesses that offered their windows for the studentsto paint on.

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The kids enjoy it and it’s a good competition for them, saidWade Jabour of Jabour Realty, which has been participating in theart project for over 25 years. It’s a good thing and they come upwith nice stuff.

Also cheering the kids on were their parents, many of whom tookthe day off of work to supply hot chocolate and encouragement totheir budding artists.

It’s a nice way to get off of school, but she enjoys theexperience of painting outside, said Anne Curulli, who came withher husband to watch their daughter paint on the outside of the1-800-FLOWERS store at 87th Street and Fourth Avenue. I’m proud ofher and wanted to be a part of it.

Each painting was judged by a group of community artists who putgold, silver and bronze paper leaves on their corners. The winnerswill be recognized at an award ceremony at Fort Hamilton HighSchool on November 22.

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