When Marblehead merchants started making plans to sponsor four big festivals along Main Street this season, they turned to Sande Measimer, who teaches art at the Danbury High School and Middle School, for some special help.
Grant McCallum, of Jodie McCallum & Company Fine Art Gallery, and secretary of the Marblehead Merchants Association, asked Measimer if any of her students would be interested in designing logos for the festivals. The idea was to involve young people in helping to promote their community.
Taylon Molnar, 15, who will be a high school sophomore next year, jumped at the chance. He’s an honor student and like everyone else in his family has a love for art. He submitted caricatures of four old-fashioned barbershop quartet singers and they were selected as the logo for Marblehead’s June 16 “Olde Fashioned Days” festival. Another caricature of a man alongside a variety of garage sale items will be the logo for the July 14 “Your Street to Main Street” festival — a village-wide garage sale along Main Street.
His Olde Fashioned Days logo has been appearing in newspaper ads, news articles and brochures. McCallum said Taylon’s creations are not only outstanding work, but are a perfect fit for what the village is trying to promote.
Taylon said it was “awesome” to see his artwork published and that, “I was surprised. I actually won.”
His love of art goes back to his childhood.
“I was always drawing and I would color my toys,” he said. “I would try to paint my action figures, make snowboards with my brothers and color them. We made bicycles out of parts for bikes and I would help them paint them. My sister and I would draw stuff for hours.”
Right now, he said, he’s doing a lot of drawing in his sketch book. “I am really into drawing people, pencil drawings, portraits.” He did a pencil sketch at the beginning of the school year of OSU’s Chris Beanie Wells, who is now a running back for the Arizona Cardinals. He said when he reads books, he gets ideas on what the characters would look like and he tries to draw them.
Measimer said she has been Taylon’s art teacher since the seventh grade and enjoys working with him as his artistic ability continues to mature. She also taught Taylon’s sister Samantha and two brothers Buck and Blake, all talented in art.
School Principal Karen Abbott said that Taylon is a high honor student who excels in both academic studies and art. He has been involved in student government activities and is a running back and linebacker on the school varsity team, the Danbury Lakers.
His goal is to eventually play for a college team, maybe OSU or Oregon, he said. Then he would like to move on to the NFL, after which he would pursue a career in architecture or mechanical engineering.
“I might want to design cars,” he said. “I very fascinated with cars, how they look and how they are made.”
Winning the Marblehead logo contest is not the first time Taylon has been recognized for his artwork.
Back in the fifth grade, he entered a billboard contest with a recycling theme sponsored by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca County Solid Waste District. For his entry, Taylon made a character out of a globe by adding hands and legs with tennis shoes. The character was throwing a bottle into a recycling bin. Then Taylon added these words: “It’s that easy.” He won first place.
Taylon is the son of Don and Tina Molnar of Marblehead.