Anya Aubertin, owner-artist of Smells Like Crayons, splashes some festive colors on the windows at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim last week. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsual News Group)

Anya Aubertin, owner-artist of Smells Like Crayons, splashes some festive colors on the windows at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim last week. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsual News Group)

Holiday art for Sequim seniors

SEQUIM — Anya Aubertin is bringing a bit of holiday cheer to seniors at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim.

The local artist was busy last week adding touches of color to snowflakes, candy candy and other “holiday-themed” artwork to windows at the Sequim facility on South Fifth Avenue.

The paintings “just add color to their lives,” Aubertin said last week.

Aubertin is owner-artist of Smells Like Crayons and said she’d generally be creating her giant, 5-foot coloring pages designed primarily for children. Instead she was putting some finishing touches on designs for Avamere residents who are because of current health restrictions unable to see visitors nor gather together with others.

“We’re trying to bring some smiles to their faces,” Kim Gray, Avamere’s director of marketing and admissions, said last week.

“They keep waving and clapping; they seem to like it,” Aubertin said.

Aubertin said the paintings themselves are a little tricky: COVID-19 restrictions keep her from painting inside rooms, so she paints on the outside of windows. However, she wants the image to show clearest for the seniors inside, so she kind of “paints backwards,” Aubertin said.

The local artist said she’s done a project before at Crestwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Port Angeles and some window painting for friends.

For more about Aubertin’s work, see smellslikecrayons.com.

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Michael Dashiell is the editor of the Sequim Gazette of the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which also is composed of other Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News and Forks Forum. Reach him at [email protected].

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