The Brush Monkey legacy of holiday window painting is a 15 year + tradition starting in downtown Ann Arbor. In the first years, artist John A. Copley, partnered with the Main Street Area Association to recruit local businesses for custom window art. Always kicking off the annual holiday window painting campaign in the late fall, the November painting crew is affectionately known as the Novemberistas.
Each year the Novemberistas attract more local store fronts. In 2017 the crew painted 136 holiday windows in Ann Arbor, Saline, and Ypsilanti. With so many storefronts to paint, the Brush Monkeys have grown into a rotating cast of 8+ local and regional artists, working some years into the first two weeks of December.
With more and more businesses eliciting their services in the winter, strings of white, whimsical, decorative, and often humorous, hand - painted store fronts can be seen back to back, lightening up these various downtown city streets.
Did you know? The Brush Monkeys are also for hire year round. Check out our spring, summer, fall, and event themed window art.
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