Summer of Sign Painting

by ashleyjanelaird

This past summer I took up sign painting twice between mural projects. The first was a simple logo in the entrance way of the Family Service and Guidance Center at 325 SW Frazier Ave. I was not responsible for the vibrant design and color scheme, just painting.

The Family Service and Guidance Center is a mental health facility that focuses on serving children and families in Topeka and Northeast Kansas. They hold a fundraising art auction every year called Works of Heart.

Carrying me into the hottest part of the summer, albeit the hottest month ever in recorded history was a large wall sign above Studio 831 in Noto (north Topeka’s arts district).

Studio 831’s lovely proprietor, the extraordinary artist Barbara Waterman-Peters and I discussed the rehab as part of the districts aim to give life to old buildings that until recently had been neglected. Both of us agreed on an Art Deco inspired design.

The addition of a drop shadow adds an illusion reminiscent of a french grille. You can visit the work space most days. I believe they have regular hours Thursday through Saturday. I had fun with these and I look forward to doing more signs if time between murals permits.

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