It was like walking onto a Hallmark movie set for local artist Kelly Russo.
Last year, downtown Lafayette took decorating for Christmas seriously, and along with it, came the Window Wonderland competition. Russo was one of 30 artists who decorated storefronts in hopes of winning and bringing Christmas cheer.
Despite her signature art style being a combination of Louisiana wildlife, Chinese ink paintings, and architecture, Russo did not win — she didn’t realize there was a theme.
But this year, Russo signed up again. She and Annika Miller, her artist partner-in-crime, are combining their architecture tendencies and watercolor-like inspiration to see if they have a shot at winning.
“This year I’m going to interpret the theme by making sure I know it,” she said. “But also include things which are not painted.”