Greenon Art Department adds holiday spirit to Enon

The Greenon High School Art Department has added to the holiday spirit in the Village of Enon with several painted figures for residents to find and take pictures with.

Kristy Thome, Administrative Assistant and Clerk of Courts for the Village of Enon said the village needed to come up with a way to surprise local residents and inspire them to have some fun after the cancellation of the annual tree lighting and Santa Claus visit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The village came up with the idea to have a scavenger hunt around the community with holiday cutouts and asked the Greenon High School Art Department for assistance, Thome said.

“I thought it was a great idea especially with this year,” Kevin Ferguson, Greenon High School art teacher said. “Anything we could do to make somebody smile, I was all for it.”

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He said it took a week for his students to plan, design, cut out and paint six holiday figures.

Aynsley Johnson, Kyanna Jenkins, Mariah Whetstone and Rachael Harff worked together on the project. Ferguson said he picked those students because of their artistic ability and willingness to help and go above and beyond.

“They were super super excited,” Ferguson said. “That’s the one thing I preach in my classes is that art should be made to be seen by the masses and seen by as many people as possible.

The students made two candy canes, two elves and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Ferguson said the art department is hoping to continue this project next year.

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The Greenon High School Art Department has completed several projects around the village. The department is painting the Enon seal for the government building and hopes to have it up after winter break, Ferguson said.

He told the News-Sun that it has been a challenge teaching art during the pandemic, but he continues to tell his students that part of being an artist is being a problem solver.

“This is my 9th year at Greenon and my 16th year teaching overall and this is probably one of the best years I have had for the quality of the artwork we are getting in class and the kids seem really invested,” Ferguson said.

Residents are encouraged to find the cutouts around the community and take photos with them. For hints on where to find the cutouts, search for the Village of Enon on Facebook.

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