Discover the Charms of History with “Colorful Matthews: A Coloring Book for Adults.”

In the heart of downtown Matthews lies a treasure trove of architectural wonders, each telling a story of the town’s rich heritage. Barbara Stegall and Barbara Taylor aim to bring these stories to life in a unique and engaging way through their latest creation, “Colorful Matthews: A Coloring Book for Adults.” This isn’t just any coloring book; it’s a gateway to the past, designed to foster a deeper appreciation for the historical and architectural gems that define Matthews.

The Journey to “Colorful Matthews”

The concept of “Colorful Matthews” was born from a shared vision between Stegall, a passionate former teacher and museum docent, and Taylor, the erstwhile director of the Matthews Heritage Museum. Inspired by a similar project highlighting the town of Southport, the duo envisioned a coloring book that would do more than entertain; it would educate and connect the community to Matthews’s architectural legacy.

After years of planning, the project finally took shape. The retirement of Taylor provided the perfect opportunity for the duo to collaborate closely, turning their dream into reality. Their mission was clear: to craft a coloring book that adults and children alike could enjoy, while also serving as a historical reference.

A Closer Look Inside “Colorful Matthews”

“Colorful Matthews” is a collection of 15 meticulously drawn pen-and-ink illustrations by local artists and history aficionados, Janet Dyer and Phil Tappy. Each page showcases one of Matthews’s historic structures, accompanied by fascinating details about its construction and significance. The buildings featured range from the well-known Matthews Heritage Museum to the lesser-known gems like Outen’s Pottery Kiln, offering a comprehensive tour of Matthews’s architectural landscape.

What sets this coloring book apart is its attention to detail. Each illustration is not only a piece of art but also a piece of history, with perforated pages and a standard 8.5×11 format that encourages preservation and display.

Bringing the Community Together

“Colorful Matthews” does more than highlight buildings; it brings generations together. It offers a creative and educational activity for children, parents, and grandparents to explore Matthews’s history collaboratively. It’s an invitation to dive into the town’s past, learn about its heritage, and see its landmarks in a new light.

Where to Find Your Copy

Available for just $10, “Colorful Matthews” can be found at local hotspots like the Matthews Heritage Museum and Renfrow Hardware & General Merchandise, as well as online through the Mecklenburg Historical Association. This coloring book isn’t just a purchase; it’s an investment in the community’s cultural legacy.

Meet the Minds Behind the Book

Don’t miss your chance to meet Barbara Taylor and Barbara Stegall in person. They will be signing copies of “Colorful Matthews: A Coloring Book for Adults” on March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Renfrow Hardware & General Merchandise, with more signings to be announced. It’s an opportunity to connect with the creators, share your passion for Matthews’s history, and perhaps find inspiration in your next artistic endeavor.

Embark on a journey through time with “Colorful Matthews.” Color, learn, and appreciate the beauty and history of Matthews like never before.

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