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Lebanon artist brings festivity to store windows

Jake Old • Updated Dec 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Lebanon artist Cheryl Jenkins has helped to transformed the windows of many Middle Tennessee businesses with her holiday-inspired art.

Based out of Lebanon, Jenkins has decorated windows throughout Middle Tennessee, including some in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, West End, Madison, Franklin and Murfreesboro.

Jenkins originally started as an artist by airbrushing T-shirts at Six Flags Over Georgia. She eventually saw decorated windows and thought it was something she could do.

“I did some research on it, got some information form the internet, but I honestly had no clue about it,” Jenkins said. “I just decided to do it. I walked into a store and made it sound like I knew what I was doing, but I didn’t. I just winged it, and they loved it, so I got repeat business. It went crazy from there.”

This year, her schedule features painting 27 stores in 27 days. She said she uses different kinds of paint, as long as it will stick to the glass and come off at the end of the season.

“Every time I do something, the technique is better, the skills get better,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins has no formal training as an artist and is completely self-taught. Since she started painting windows, Jenkins has connected with Scot Campbell, an artist in Oregon who has been painting windows for more than 40 years. Jenkins said Campbell has been instrumental in her development in the craft.

“I’ve called and asked him questions, and he tells me what I need to do to make it better, more refined,” she said. “He has really helped a lot.”

Jenkins operates through her business Artistic Touch by Cheryl. For more information, contact Jenkins at 615-854-5870. 

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