by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
“I was in the seventh grade in 1964 and had been interested in art for as long as I remember, so somehow I managed to get an assignment to paint a window downtown at Halloween.” –Dan Hollingshead, 2014 e-mail.
Hollingshead recalled that quite a few of the downtown businesses participated and allowed spooky Halloween scenes to take over their store windows for a time each October. Usually two people were asked to create a scene, but Hollingshead noted that his partner was John Bahre, They used a water-base paint.
Hollingshead graduated from Newton High School in 1970. He lives in Longmont, CO and continues to create beautiful paintings and murals. The Halloween painting on the windows at Frey’s Jewelry in Newton was his first piece of “public art.” For more information on Dan Hollingshead’s work see: http://danhollingshead.com/
What do you remember about this Halloween tradition? How long did it last? How were artist chosen?
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Thank you to Dan Hollingshead for sharing his photo and memories!
- Newton City Directories, 1963, 1965.
- Photo Archives, HCHM
- Dan Hollingshead to Kristine Schmucker, e-mail, 22 October 2014.