From painting in Mrs. Lee’s art class in seventh grade to being contacted by respected businesses for her work, junior Brylin Gustafson is using her artistic abilities to spread Christmas joy throughout the community.
“I started painting windows when Mrs. Aderman from the Lord’s Storehouse saw the painting I did for our Bingo Night Fundraiser,” said Gustafon.
In November, the class of 2021 hosted a Bingo fundraiser that included a silent auction of a variety of items. Gustafson donated a painting to the auction, and it turned out to be one of the most popular items of the night. Mrs. Aderman contacted her shortly afterward and asked if she did windows.
“This would be my first time painting windows, so I wasn’t sure if I could do it because of the size, but I wanted to challenge myself,” said Gustafon.
She proved with her first attempt that not only can she paint windows, but she can also turn them into magical wintry scenes. Although she had to change her technique because of the size of the windows and the amount of paint she would be using, she overcame that challenge easily.
“My main obstacles became the weather and trying to find time to paint around sports and other activities,” said Gustfson.
Her paintings usually take somewhere between 2-3 hours depending on the size, and she has painted for 8 businesses so far. On top of the time crunch, Brylin does her paintings mostly on her own, although her mom helps a lot with the technical things. She notes that her favorite paintings so far are the ones at the Lord’s Storehouse or Withrow Furniture. However, members of the community seem to be amazed by them all.
“Brylin’s paintings really bring a lot of joy to everyone. They’re so good, and so fitting for the holiday season. Everyone loves to stop and gaze at them before walking into Rancho or the furniture store,” said junior Kyndall Hullum.
After your drive through town to check out all of her eye-catching pieces, you can stop by the Cub’s Den on Main Street for a fun painting experience led by Brylin herself. It will be Saturday, Dec. 21. Admission is $20 per child 7-12 years old. Contact Megan Gustafson on Facebook to claim your spot!