A Little Time and a Keyboard: Celebrating Local Art and Local Business during Wheaton's "Love Where You Live" Window Art Event

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Celebrating Local Art and Local Business during Wheaton's "Love Where You Live" Window Art Event

 

Celebrating Local Art and Local Business during Wheaton's "Love Where You Live" Window Art Event

Wheaton's "Love Where You Live" Window Art Event Celebrates Local During the Month of October

"Love Where You Live" creations add inspiring and whimsical window art in store fronts dotting downtown Wheaton. Each piece crafted by local artists encourages visitors to wander Wheaton discovering cheerful window art while exploring local businesses forming the fabric of the community.

Sharing the love at Wheaton Bank and Trust.
Sharing the love at Wheaton Bank and Trust.

I first learned about "Love Where You Live" from my friend, Chicago area illustrator and photographer Cheryl Rausch. She painted two of the window murals including the cheerful wildflowers at Suburban Music. The melodic design really brings a bit of the Illinois prairie to the downtown area. Cheryl had assistance from local artist Kathy Steere on this design.

Prairie flowers window art design by Chicago Area Artist Cheryl Rausch.
Prairie flowers window art design by Chicago Area Artist Cheryl Rausch.

The Downtown Wheaton Association and City of Wheaton Fine & Cultural Arts collaborated to craft this public art event marking National Arts & Humanities Month. 

Wheaton "Love Where You Live" Paintings Enliven Storefront Windows.
Wheaton "Love Where You Live" Paintings Enliven Storefront Windows.

Over 30+ murals enliven business windows throughout the charming downtown. One easy favorite is Kimmer's featuring an ode to Wheaton's special fun throughout the year by artist Liesl Mann. 

Kimmer's window art paints a whimsical ode to Wheaton fun.
Kimmer's window art paints a whimsical ode to Wheaton fun.

Weaving through downtown, we enjoyed spotting treasures throughout. A Windows Into Art: Love Where You Live map is available to help you discover these spots of joy while appreciating the small businesses calling Wheaton home.

Art and Small Business are vital parts of the fabric of Wheaton.
Art and Small Business are vital parts of the fabric of Wheaton.

While all of the window art is Instagram worthy, the public art exhibition has two special selfie stations including the fanciful angel wing design by Air Brush Art at Dry City Brew Works. 

Fanciful Love Where We Live Angel Wings by Air Brush Art
Fanciful Love Where We Live Angel Wings by Air Brush Art

However, we noted visitors enjoying selfie snaps with a variety of pieces around town. One of my favorites included fall colors adorning the windows of Tasting deVine. With 30+ pieces, there is so much to discover.

Fall colors enhance the windows of Tasting deVine!
Fall colors enhance the windows of Tasting deVine!

Cheryl Rausch also painted the lovely kitten looking outside at butterflies at Carlson's Glass and Mirror. This is a fun little selfie spot -- even if it isn't on the list as such!

Kitty chasing butterflies!
Kitty chasing butterflies!

"Love Where You Live" certainly provides a little October adventure exploring the talents of local artists and small businesses that meld the heartbeat of Wheaton. We enjoyed our afternoon wandering the avenues of Wheaton looking for lighthearted and merry art pieces while learning more about the small businesses throughout town. Great one for an afternoon aside this month!

Celebrating Local Art and Local Business during Wheaton's "Love Where You Live" Window Art Event October 2020



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