New Santa School mural with winter theme being painted in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 October 2020 at 10:02 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Justin Suarez of Rochester works on painting a reindeer on the north side of the building for the Lake Country Pennysaver and Orleans Hub at 170 North Main Street.

Suarez and his friend Jon Finlayson worked on the mural today. The project is led by Natasha Wasuck, owner of Tinsel and the Lockstone, next to the Pennysaver. She solicited donations in the community for the project and reached out to Suarez through Instagram.

Jon Finlayson, left, and Justin Suarez worked on the mural today that proclaims Albion as home of the original Santa School. The late Charles Howard ran the school from 1937 to 1966. The school continues in his name today and is located in Midland, Mich.

Jon Finlayson works of the lettering for the Santa School.

Justin Suarez, 36, specializes in wildlife. He has completed many murals in the Rochester area in the past 10 years.

“It’s a great thing for towns,” Suarez said about murals. “This will be a very welcoming sight coming into town. For not much money you can have a big visual impact.”

Besides a large reindeer and an owl, Suarez said he will be painting many trees and snowflakes as part of the scene. He expects to complete the project next week after several days of more work.

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