Local artist wraps up year-long art project

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
July 12, 2017 - 11:59pm

A Red Deer woman is brimming with newfound confidence after completing a 365-day art project.

Daryl Januszewski, who likes to go by just Daryl J., says it all began when she and husband Rob attended an adult colouring event hosted by the Red Deer Public Library last summer.

At the event, the couple won the book Unstuck by Noah Scalin. From there, Daryl went on completing one art project a day for an entire year.

She wrapped up on Monday with a model of the art space below the downtown library branch.

“I grew up watching shows like Pokémon and Sailor Moon and I love Hello Kitty and all the anime and manga characters with the big cute eyes. So that’s what really inspired me. I thought people should see cute smiles to brighten their day and make them happier,” she said.

Her works over the last year range from magnets to colouring sheets featuring her drawings to a giant chalk basketball on the Mattie McCullough Elementary courts. She’s even left smaller works with business cards in discreet places around the city for people to find.

Daryl, who has an art diploma, says she was never able to put it to good use until now. Taking on the 365-day project also propelled her to a position in the Alberta Culture Days chalk art festival which took place in Red Deer last fall.

“It was about opening up my horizons. Rob and I moved here from Calgary in 2015. I’m shy by nature and I didn’t really know a lot of people. I wanted to settle into the city and when I started this project, I found myself reaching out to other Red Deerians, she explained. “I [also] want this project to help other Red Deerians who are considering doing major things like becoming a musician or author to just try and go for it.”

To see more of her artwork, check out the hashtags #Kawaii365 and #MakeSomething365 on social media or visit Daryl’s blog.

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