Festive paintings in store windows are bringing the holiday spirit to historic downtown Mount Airy.
The window art coincided with the annual Hometown Holidays event on Friday evening. The free event featured carriage rides, live music and hot cocoa. It was originally scheduled for Veterans Day, but was pushed back a week because of rain.
Laura Zaborowski, a painter and member of the Mount Airy Main Street Association, said the theme for the window paintings is Christmas song titles and invited anyone visiting the town to guess which song each painting represents. Zaborowski painted the windows of The Last Word, St James Thrift Shop, The Upper Deck Sports Bar and Grill, Concetta’s Main Street Bistro and Mount Airy Commons.
“I like the uniqueness,” Zaborowski said, “and that’s what Mount Airy is all about. It’s very unique.”
As someone who is most accustomed to painting four-inch drink coasters, Zaborowski said painting full-size windows was a fun change of pace.
Artist Robin Culkin, who is known for her beloved mural in Sykesville, said she painted the front window of the Catonsville Homes Design Center building as part of the project.