Two local artists are spreading holiday cheer throughout Mebane this season by painting the windows of some downtown businesses for the second year in a row.
Lauri Daughtry, artist, art and pottery teacher at Eastern Alamance High School and owner of Bottles and Brushes, decided last year to paint Christmas and holiday themed scenes on the local businesses’ windows – free of charge – for a couple of reasons.
The pandemic’s impact on Mebane’s businesses was one prompt for the idea. Daughtry originally got to know many of the downtown business owners through Bottles and Brushes, which now meets at Trackside Bottle Shop monthly and allows folks the chance to socialize, drink wine and create paintings.
“Through that, I was involved with Destination Downtown Mebane for a time, and I know a lot of the business owners personally down there,” she said. “So, I wanted to help them out last year, when Covid was hitting so hard, especially the restaurant owners.”
Last year, she painted holiday scenes on the windows of Martinho’s, Junction on 70 and the former Dick and Jane’s. This year Daughtry said she was asked by some of the same business owners to do it again.
So far, and with the help of another Mebane artist Jen Smith, scenes have been painted on the windows of Martinho’s and Fusion Nutrition in Downtown Mebane,
The pair has also painted on the windows of Antonia’s in Hillsborough and on those of the Graham Furniture Mart and Press Crepes, both in Graham.
They are set up to paint the windows of Junction on 70 soon, as well.
Daughtry is open to painting more businesses’ windows, and will do paintings other than Christmas/holiday-themed ones but she is charging for the work this year. Additionally, decisions on whether she can do a job are made on a case-by-case basis, depending on how difficult or time consuming the project may be.
An artist since childhood, Daughtry said she’s loved drawing and coloring for as long as she can remember, which led her to attend East Carolina University to major in interior design and minor in drawing.
Daughtry’s art can be found on her Instagram (@musingaboutart). The work of her EAHS art and pottery students can be found on Instagram (@e.a.h.s.pottery_art), too. Additionally, Daughtry’s art is on display at multiple galleries in the Triangle area.
Some of her illustrations and collage pieces are on display at Horse and Buggy Press in Durham. Daughtry is also a member of the Hillsborough Artists Cooperative, which was founded in 1992 and calls The Skylight Gallery home – some of her works are on display there.
“I rent a little bit of space there with 12 other artists and we’re just a loose group of artists that love being together, but also are in business for ourselves…” Daughtry said. “I got invited to be a part of this very special group about three years ago, when I got invited to do a rotating show in the big gallery. But then I started renting space.”
Those looking to learn more about Bottle and Brushes can find information on the website: artsypartync.com.