Gentle Dentistry won the 2012 Chewelah Chamber of Commerce patriotic decorating contest that ran from June 15 through July 15.
“We are very flattered and proud,” said Dr. Bud Evans of Gentle Dentistry.
The chamber awarded them a two-night stay in a Deer Lake Resort condominium donated for the contest.
Gentle Dentistry won for their patriotic themed window painted by Kay Lupton and Richy Lainson of the Chewelah Arts Guild. They painted windows for eight other businesses throughout town as well.
Lupton and Lainson said they enjoyed painting windows and tried to keep it unique but all within the same style.
“We had a good time,” Lupton said. “This was the last project and we really had fun with it.”
They painted a different theme on each window, using everything from roosters and pigs to pirates at Sety’s Ace Hardware. Margo Sety also painted the Chewelah School District office windows.
“I love that every window is completely different,” Chamber President Tracy Ferrell said.
They painted the windows in exchange for donations to the Chewelah Arts Guild.
“It’s nice that all the money will stay local,” Lupton said.
Sherri Hansen and Rey Deveau judged the patriotic decorating contest on June 29. There were approximately 20 to 30 participants as no formal contest entry was required. The winner was announced on July 12 at CenterStage during Chataqua.
Ferrell said the goal for the contest was to promote patriotism throughout town and encourage everyone to decorate their business.
“And it worked,” she said.
Ferrell liked seeing businesses like Fullmer’s Garage with their garage windows painted, she said, and appreciated how many regular window displays turned red, white and blue for the month.
Participating businesses were not required to have their windows painted. Ferrell said that it was just an “added bonus” that the Arts Guild offered.
The contest was a continuation of the Chamber beautification committee’s efforts to improve Chewelah’s appeal, which started out with a city-wide cleanup day in April. This summer they have also put hanging flower baskets and patriotic banners on the light poles down Park Street and Main Avenue.
“I love the fact the town is vibrant,” Lupton said. “There is an energy; positive things are going on.”
By Kellie Trudeau
The Independent Staff
In This Photo: The Chamber of Commerce announced the winner of the patriotic decorating contest as Gentle Dentistry at the first day of Chataqua, July 12. Kay Lupton and Richy Lainson (pictured right) painted their window display. The car represents the car that Dr. Henry “Bud” Evans (pictured left with Chamber president Tracy Ferrell) drives in the Chataqua parade each year and the teeth represent each staff member at Gentle Dentistry.