Elk­ton elk gets a fresh coat of paint

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By JOE ANTOSHAK

ELK­TON

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— There’s a new elk in town. Or, more ac­cu­rately, an old one looks a lot dif­fer­ent.

Margie Bly­stone, chair­per­son for Elk­ton’s arts and en­ter­tain­ment district, and her daugh­ter Sarah had spent some 12 hours paint­ing the fiber­glass fig­ure be­fore fin­ish­ing it Thurs­day af­ter­noon. The elk stands on the cor­ner of Bridge and Main Streets.

“We’re call­ing him ‘Ar­tie,’” Bly­stone wrote in an email.

Ar­tie, whose paint job was mod­eled af­ter that of the Elk­ton Art Loop ban­ner, still needs a seal­ing coat of polyurethane, which Bly­stone may not get around to un­til spring. The out­door paint should hold up un­til then, she wrote.

Here’s to Ar­tie.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF MARGIE BLY­STONE

Ar­tie, be­fore it was Ar­tie.

Ar­tie in his fin­ished state, mi­nus a sealant.

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