Artist’s yearly paintings have created a Halloween tradition

News Oct 24, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

For the 19th straight year, trick-or-treaters will flock to Heddington Avenue to see the latest creation by neighbourhood artist Barbara Gordon.

A family lawyer by trade, Gordon is also an accomplished jazz singer with a couple of albums, and – as Halloween approaches – breaks out her paints and easel every year to create a new piece of art.

“I always loved to paint, and when my son was young I thought I should do a painting of the (101) Dalmatians for him,” she said. “When Halloween came, I thought ‘I should put this on my lawn,’ and when I did, people really liked it.”

Just like that, a Halloween tradition was born. Gordon started creating a new themed painting every year, running through such diverse subject matter as Star Wars, Batman, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Harry Potter.

As the years went by, her old paintings went into storage until, one year, she found a way to implement themes from Halloweens past. Instead of keeping the paintings tucked away in her basement, she now lends them out to neighbours each year, turning her entire street into a de facto art gallery of cartoons, superheroes and ghouls.

“The neighbours on my block are pretty close – we have a garage sale together every year and we have dinners together – so I think it just came up offhand in conversation that they could put up old paintings,” she said.

Some 500 handmade stars dangle over Heddington Avenue, adding to the artistic feel.

This year, her work is adorning 17 of her neighbours’ homes. Her own house will get its own artwork once she finishes this year’s painting, a seven-foot work depicting the Amazing Spider-Man.

She has also branched out, helping neighbourhood kids paint their own pieces.

“One family requested Scooby Doo for the kids and for another group, I worked with some neighbourhood girls to work on Peter Pan,” she said. “It’s really become a community event. It used to be just my block but now it’s starting to spread further.”

The art show has turned Heddington into a popular destination for trick-or-treaters. Gordon estimated that she had 600 kids drop by last year; she ran out of candy after stocking up with roughly 900 pieces of candy.

“That was in the rain,” she said. “If we have a clear night this year, it’s going to be crazy.”

While she is still putting the finishing touches on her Spider-Man painting, Gordon is already looking ahead to next Halloween.

“Every year, while I’m working on one painting, I’m thinking about what to do next year,” she said. “I think I’m going to go with a cool Walking Dead theme.”

Her annual art show serves as a fundraiser for SickKids Hospital, with an online donation page set up to collect funds.

For more information on Gordon’s Halloween tradition, including a link to the fundraising page, visit www.barbgordonsings.com/halloween.html

Artist’s yearly paintings have created a Halloween tradition

Heddington Avenue to see the latest creation by neighbourhood artist Barbara Gordon

News Oct 24, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

For the 19th straight year, trick-or-treaters will flock to Heddington Avenue to see the latest creation by neighbourhood artist Barbara Gordon.

A family lawyer by trade, Gordon is also an accomplished jazz singer with a couple of albums, and – as Halloween approaches – breaks out her paints and easel every year to create a new piece of art.

“I always loved to paint, and when my son was young I thought I should do a painting of the (101) Dalmatians for him,” she said. “When Halloween came, I thought ‘I should put this on my lawn,’ and when I did, people really liked it.”

Just like that, a Halloween tradition was born. Gordon started creating a new themed painting every year, running through such diverse subject matter as Star Wars, Batman, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Harry Potter.

As the years went by, her old paintings went into storage until, one year, she found a way to implement themes from Halloweens past. Instead of keeping the paintings tucked away in her basement, she now lends them out to neighbours each year, turning her entire street into a de facto art gallery of cartoons, superheroes and ghouls.

“The neighbours on my block are pretty close – we have a garage sale together every year and we have dinners together – so I think it just came up offhand in conversation that they could put up old paintings,” she said.

Some 500 handmade stars dangle over Heddington Avenue, adding to the artistic feel.

This year, her work is adorning 17 of her neighbours’ homes. Her own house will get its own artwork once she finishes this year’s painting, a seven-foot work depicting the Amazing Spider-Man.

She has also branched out, helping neighbourhood kids paint their own pieces.

“One family requested Scooby Doo for the kids and for another group, I worked with some neighbourhood girls to work on Peter Pan,” she said. “It’s really become a community event. It used to be just my block but now it’s starting to spread further.”

The art show has turned Heddington into a popular destination for trick-or-treaters. Gordon estimated that she had 600 kids drop by last year; she ran out of candy after stocking up with roughly 900 pieces of candy.

“That was in the rain,” she said. “If we have a clear night this year, it’s going to be crazy.”

While she is still putting the finishing touches on her Spider-Man painting, Gordon is already looking ahead to next Halloween.

“Every year, while I’m working on one painting, I’m thinking about what to do next year,” she said. “I think I’m going to go with a cool Walking Dead theme.”

Her annual art show serves as a fundraiser for SickKids Hospital, with an online donation page set up to collect funds.

For more information on Gordon’s Halloween tradition, including a link to the fundraising page, visit www.barbgordonsings.com/halloween.html

Artist’s yearly paintings have created a Halloween tradition

Heddington Avenue to see the latest creation by neighbourhood artist Barbara Gordon

News Oct 24, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

For the 19th straight year, trick-or-treaters will flock to Heddington Avenue to see the latest creation by neighbourhood artist Barbara Gordon.

A family lawyer by trade, Gordon is also an accomplished jazz singer with a couple of albums, and – as Halloween approaches – breaks out her paints and easel every year to create a new piece of art.

“I always loved to paint, and when my son was young I thought I should do a painting of the (101) Dalmatians for him,” she said. “When Halloween came, I thought ‘I should put this on my lawn,’ and when I did, people really liked it.”

Just like that, a Halloween tradition was born. Gordon started creating a new themed painting every year, running through such diverse subject matter as Star Wars, Batman, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Harry Potter.

As the years went by, her old paintings went into storage until, one year, she found a way to implement themes from Halloweens past. Instead of keeping the paintings tucked away in her basement, she now lends them out to neighbours each year, turning her entire street into a de facto art gallery of cartoons, superheroes and ghouls.

“The neighbours on my block are pretty close – we have a garage sale together every year and we have dinners together – so I think it just came up offhand in conversation that they could put up old paintings,” she said.

Some 500 handmade stars dangle over Heddington Avenue, adding to the artistic feel.

This year, her work is adorning 17 of her neighbours’ homes. Her own house will get its own artwork once she finishes this year’s painting, a seven-foot work depicting the Amazing Spider-Man.

She has also branched out, helping neighbourhood kids paint their own pieces.

“One family requested Scooby Doo for the kids and for another group, I worked with some neighbourhood girls to work on Peter Pan,” she said. “It’s really become a community event. It used to be just my block but now it’s starting to spread further.”

The art show has turned Heddington into a popular destination for trick-or-treaters. Gordon estimated that she had 600 kids drop by last year; she ran out of candy after stocking up with roughly 900 pieces of candy.

“That was in the rain,” she said. “If we have a clear night this year, it’s going to be crazy.”

While she is still putting the finishing touches on her Spider-Man painting, Gordon is already looking ahead to next Halloween.

“Every year, while I’m working on one painting, I’m thinking about what to do next year,” she said. “I think I’m going to go with a cool Walking Dead theme.”

Her annual art show serves as a fundraiser for SickKids Hospital, with an online donation page set up to collect funds.

For more information on Gordon’s Halloween tradition, including a link to the fundraising page, visit www.barbgordonsings.com/halloween.html