Community “Paint-by-Numbers” Planned for June 1st & 2nd

Daily Dose  |  05/15/2019 11:00 am

The Sylvania Community Arts Commission is inviting all members of the public to join a unique “paint-by-numbers” on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 during the Maple & Main Art Festival. This community event is being organized to honor Dan Robbins, the inventor of the “paint-by-numbers” concept, who recently passed away at 93 years old. Robbins and his wife, Estelle, had been Sylvania residents.

A large paint-by-numbers canvas will be located near the intersection of Maplewood Avenue and Main Street in Historic Downtown Sylvania. For a $1 donation, individuals can paint a section of Abstract No. 1, Robbins’ first piece. Robbins had developed Abstract No. 1 while working for Palmer Paint Company in 1950. The piece, which was on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, served as the original prototype for all paint-by-numbers to follow.

“So many people have a nostalgic place in their hearts for paint-by-numbers. Many of us spent our childhoods with a paintbrush in hand, learning how to bring a picture to life through this concept,” says Laura Jakes, president of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. “Coming together in Sylvania to do our very own paint-by-numbers is a fun way to embrace our nostalgia and to pay respects to the life of a local artist.”

Those wishing to paint a part of the community paint-by-numbers can do so on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 during the 8th Annual Maple & Main Art Festival. There will also be a variety of art booths, local food vendors, drinks and live music to enjoy. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

About the Sylvania Community Arts Commission (SCAC)

The mission of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission is to promote the awareness, interest and understanding of performing arts, arts education and visual arts in the greater Sylvania community for residents of all ages. For more information, please call (419) 517-0118 or e-mail [email protected]