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Local art students step up to paint picnic tables at the beach

Nancy Maisano, Haley Chizuk, Sara Chase, Kalyn Nirelli and Nancy Vernale braved cold temperatures and strong wind last Saturday (May 11) to paint the tables at the beach. Bethany Giszter, Brittany Kruszka, Katkin McCabe from Frontier High School and Emily Caro and Emily Adams from Hamburg High School have also helped out.
Several area high school students are volunteering their time to help beautify Hamburg Town Beach.

The teenagers are painting picnic tables at the beach with their artwork. The idea came about when the owner of Longboards, the snack shop at the beach, decided it was time to add some new color to the beach and the building housing Longboards.

“It’s an institutional looking building,” said owner Nancy Maisano, referring to the colors of the building. “We wanted to spruce it up.”

Maisano reached out to the community, and was put in contact with Frontier High School art teacher Nancy Vernale. Vernale liked the idea, and rounded up interested art students to work on the project.

“I wanted to connect with artists in the community,” Maisano said.

The students worked on the art before they started painting the tables, Vernale said.

“They worked on drawings at school for two weeks,” she said.

For Frontier student Haley Chizuk, helping with the project lets her give back to the beach she’s been going to since she was 8-years-old.

“I really love doing anything art related,” she said. “I love helping the community. It’s fun, and it’s a good thing to do.”

Another Frontier student involved, Kalyn Nirelli, routinely goes down to the beach to play her guitar.

“I live down the street and pass it on the way home everyday,” she said, about the beach. “I tied the guitar in with the art I did.”

This weekend, groups of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will chip in and help paint the garbage bins around the area.

“It’s a whole community effort,” Maisano said. “I threw out a wish and it came back.”

Grounds workers at the park have gotten involved as well, Maisano said, using brightly colored paints like mango in their work instead of the usual colors they would use.

The new look ties in with a summer-full of events at the beach, including a laser light show and movies on the beach, Maisano said.

“I love this beach,” she said. “It’s a jewel that’s been sleeping.”

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