Shoppers at Gahanna's the Great Gift and Paper Co. can see the work of young artists, in addition to checking out gift items.

Students from Gahanna Lincoln High School's community art class took on the project of painting a winter scene on the shop's windows.

"It's looking good," said Chris Williard, creative director of the business at 166 Granville St.

In addition to seasonal items, the boutique offers decorative pillows and towels with local ZIP codes and the names Gahanna and Blacklick. Candles from local retailer Honey Grove Botanicals also are available at the store.

Williard said she discovered the community art class on a social-media post.

"I contacted the email address and asked if it would be possible," Williard said. "It's a fun project for the students, for sure. Neighbors helping neighbors."

Sharon Iseringhausen, class adviser, said students are working on a number of other jobs, but the Great Gift and Paper Co. is the only business in the process of getting its windows painted.

She said gingerbread houses recently were completed for the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, and they're installed near the log cabin close to Friendship Park.

The class also is working with Gahanna Middle School South art teacher Doug Parker on the creation of a mural.

"We will be working with (Middle School South) students to complete this process, so they will have input into the design, as well as the painting of the actual mural," Iseringhausen said.

Also at Middle School South, community art students are working with the middle-schoolers to spruce up a few of the school's restrooms with some quotes and artwork.

"We also recently installed a mural in the high school clinic with a jungle theme," Iseringhausen said. "Another group of students is working with Missy Grimmett, with the districtwide preschool at Clark Hall, to design and install a mural involving the preschool students."

The class is planning and fundraising for the Herb n' Arts Fair, which will be held at the park at Veterans of Foreign Wars Tri-Community Post 4719, 74 W. Johnstown Road, from noon to 6 p.m. May 5.

The students are organizing more than 20 art-creation stations, six hours of stage performances featuring Gahanna students and a variety of athletic activities, Iseringhausen said.

A new feature this year will be music-creation stations.

"Due to the generosity of community donors, we are able to provide all of this free of charge so that everyone can enjoy a day created by students, featuring students, run by students," Iseringhausen said. "In addition to the free activities, we will have a number of events that are designed to generate funding for the 2019 Herb n' Arts Fair."

Those revenue-generating activities include a tie-dye T-shirt station, a student art sale and a raffle.

For more information about the community art class and donor information for the Herb n' Arts Fair, visit