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A Christmas tradition lives on Anderson Furniture’s windows

Modified: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

Siblings Heather (right) and Logan Zeisler of Renner paint images of Scooby-Doo in Christmas themes on the windows of Anderson Furniture on Friday. Their mother, Robin, has been painting the windows each holiday season for 30 years.PHOTOS BY ROGER LARSEN/PLAINSMAN

HURON – Scooby-Doo is in town for Christmas.

Anderson Furniture’s windows facing Third Street Southwest in downtown Huron have been adorned with 30 years worth of Christmas themes during the holiday season, thanks to the artistic talent of Huron native Robin Zeisler.

For the past decade, her brother, Joel Fischer, has lent his abilities to the work as well.

Zeisler, of Renner, was attending South Dakota State University in Brookings when Bill and Jean Anderson asked if she would paint Christmas scenes on their furniture store’s windows.

“I painted some windows out at the John Deere dealership — some farm animals — for a Halloween party, and the Andersons attended the party and they saw the windows and so they thought it would be a nice idea to have the windows painted for Christmas here,” Zeisler said.

“And so I’ve been doing it ever since,” she said.

Ten years ago, Fischer got involved. He starts the process by marking the grids for each scene. Then Zeisler completes the outlines for the various components in each scene and paints them.

It has been a Fischer family tradition carried on each Thanksgiving when the Zeislers of Renner come back to Huron where mom and grandmother, Ann, lives.

The next generation was hard at work, too, on Friday. Robin’s children, Heather, 19, and Logan, 15, had things — and paint of course — well in hand.

“Joel came down and did the grid work yesterday and then we started painting this morning,” Zeisler said. “When I was doing it alone, it was like a two to three day process.

“But my kids can do a lot of the painting, so while I’m drawing, they’re painting,” she said.

Scooby-Doo, as all parents and grandparents know, is a talking Great Dane in a long-running Saturday morning cartoon.

He and his four teenage colleagues spend their days entertaining their young audiences by solving mysteries.

Every year, Zeisler picks something different to be featured on the Anderson Furniture windows between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

This time around, she picked Scooby-Doo to be in step with the Parade of Lights theme of “A Cartoon Christmas.”

Their talents on display each holiday season never go unnoticed.

“People look forward to it every year,” she said.

For the complete article see the 11-25-2012 issue.

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