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Don's window art tricks the eye

Artist Ray Paseka created the three-dimensional window murals to accompany the Clyde Tombaugh mural on the Don's Furniture building in Streator this past weekend.
Artist Ray Paseka created the three-dimensional window murals to accompany the Clyde Tombaugh mural on the Don's Furniture building in Streator this past weekend.

The Clyde Tombaugh mural in front of Don's Furniture in Streator now has 12 companions gracing the building's upper facade, and looking closely might provide a stare back.

Artist Ray Paseka created the three-dimensional window murals to accompany the Tombaugh mural, helping it match murals of the same style in Heritage Park, less than half a block down the road.

"It's so much more than we envisioned it being," said Don's Furniture owner Cheri Schmitt. "It initially started off being just window panels but I told Ray I wanted it to look like there were people peaking out of the windows. What he came back with blew me away."

Paseka was the artist behind similar murals on the south wall of the Monroe Tap and his work on the Don's facade features the same Trompe l’oeil style, a French style that is meant to trick the viewer's eye into seeing three-dimensional figures that are actually two-dimensional.

"It really went up fast; he started his work about a month ago and it was put up and finished as of Sunday," Schmitt said. "So many people have told us how amazed they are at (the murals) and our phone has been ringing all day with people asking about it."

The flood of artwork decorating downtown stemmed from the success of Streator Walldogs last summer; more artwork is coming again this summer with artist and Streator-native LG Williams creating a piece in City Park.

"The artwork downtown is really becoming a point of pride for the people living in Streator," Schmitt said. "Anything you can do that makes things look nicer with a little creativity gets a lot of praise."

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