Local committee gives Elkton benches a facelift
— As visitors walk past the downtown Elkton Chamber and Alliance office, they may notice two newly repainted benches out front.
The Chamber and Alliance’s design committee, headed by Margie Blystone, and co-chaired by her daughter, Sarah, gave the benches a need facelift while also providing a bit of public art.
Margie said she painted birds sit- ting on a branch on both benches about six years ago, but they were worn down by the weather over time.
This time, the mother-daughter duo painted each bench with the theme of arts and entertainment. The bench nearest to the entrance of the Chamber and Alliance now features a collage of multi-colored pencils on it. It was finished on Friday.
“Because we’re a dedicated arts and entertainment district, I want- ed to do something that kind of said ‘We are art,’” Margie said.
Sarah has begun painting the second bench, but plans to add music notes to its design. She said she chose music notes because of the Music on Main free concert series held during the summer.
“We usually have Music on Main in the summer and I kind of wanted to show off that aspect,” she said.
Margie said the goal is to finish the second bench by next Thursday, depending on weather.
Sarah said her mother was initially supposed to paint both benches, but Sarah helped with the preparation and asked if she could tackle one herself.
“If I can paint something downtown and make it look nice, then I like to be a part of that,” Sarah said.
So far, the weather has been an obstacle for the project, Margie said. It initially began two weeks ago when they power washed the benches. Then they began paint- ing last Tuesday after primer was applied.
There are two projects lined up for the summer, which include repainting the elk at the top of Main and Bridge streets to reflect the Elkton Art Loop banner. Margie said the elk will have “Elkton Art Loop” painted on the front side of the elk and painted an aqua color with “splashes of orange and yellow.” The second project includes repainting the Eder Park gazebo white.
Margie and Sarah Blystone sit on one the benches in downtown Elkton that they have repainted as part of a local chamber project.
Sarah Blystone, co-chairwoman of the Elkton Chamber and Alliance’s design committee, will paint music notes on one bench outside the Alliance building.