Sheryl Tuttle’s art class at Brookings-Harbor High School has been hard at work painting rocks to revive a display at Nature’s Coastal Holiday.
Tuttle asked her advanced art class if they wanted to help out, and for a week her students painted rocks, crabs and lobsters.
Nature’s Coastal Holiday organizers wanted to make the undersea garden a part of the annual light show again and contacted Tuttle.
In years past the annual holiday lights show had had an undersea garden, with painted rocks and ceramic sea creatures painted with day-glo colors to look like a magical underwater seascape. But, the rocks and animals went missing.
“We’re trying to recreate it from years past,” said Klaus Gielisch, a Nature’s Coastal Holiday committee member. “All the rocks and crabs walked away in the past years. We’re looking at getting the light displays looking better.”
Tuttle said her students cleaned and primed the rocks and then they began to paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint.
The students painted a variety of different scenes, from starfish to swordfish. But painting the rock provided them with unique challenges.
“There’s a lot of different textures and we’re using different paint from what we normally use,” said junior Erika Spetzler.
Spetzler painted jellyfish on her rock, the second one she painted for the lights show.
Junior Joshuah Farley painted a merperson and a seahorse on his rock. He dabbled spots of paint around the seahorse in order to give it more texture.
“It’s been challenging and fun because of the different angles on the rock,” Farley said. “Most people paint on canvas so it’s definitely a change.”
The finished rocks will be displayed under black lights at Nature’s Coastal Holiday this December. The black lights make the display glow in fluorescent colors, and will add more bright colors to the popular light display.
BHHS students also helped set-up and take down the lights at the show and received kudos from event organizers.
Nature’s Coastal Holiday runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 annually in Azalea Park. The event is paid for with donations from community businesses and organizers plan year-round.