Coloring book is back as historical society fundraiser

Book features local artist's renditions of iconic businesses in Clintonville


The second Clintonville Historical Society coloring book -- a sequel of sorts to the successful first one -- will be unveiled at a fundraising event Sunday, Jan. 20.

The book, once again featuring drawings by local artist Sandy Trinter, will be on sale from 2 to 5 p.m. that day at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St.

The watercolors Trinter created from the 14 drawings in the book also will be sold at a silent auction during the open house, historical society President Mary Rodgers said.

All proceeds will go to the society's general fund.

The first coloring book from early 2012 sprung from Trinter's desire to create a painting of the former Jimmie's pharmacy and candy store near Clinton Elementary School, which she and husband Tom and as their children all attended.

That book sold out its printing of 250 copies at $5 apiece, Rodgers said.

"Which is why we're doing it again, because people loved it," she said.

Seeking a photo of the way the Jimmie's building originally looked, Trinter got in touch with Rodgers, and the two came up with the idea for a fundraising coloring book featuring drawings of historic structures in the neighborhood.

The second coloring book also has a run of 250 copies.

The 14 images in the second edition include Beechwold Hardware as it looked in the 1920s or '30s, Trinter said, along with some more contemporary structures such as Smith's Deli and Restaurant; Longview Barber Shop, the neighborhood's oldest business; and Immaculate Conception Church.

Studio 35 also is included, as is the original location of Weiland's Gourmet Market.

"You'll be able to see how they started," Rodgers said.

"This time I was able to talk to more of the proprietors of the places I was painting," Trinter said. "I started by showing them last year's coloring book. I think when they realized we weren't charging them for it, they (said), 'Yeah, it's a great idea.'

"Each one is special for different reasons."

"We tried to put in the book some things that are long gone and some things that are still with us but may have changed," Rodgers said.

In addition to serving as a fundraising tool for the historical society, Rodgers said the drawings in the coloring books have come to serve as a means of communication about the past among different generations of Clintonville families.