Artist decorates North Omaha with encouraging words

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 9:35 PM CDT
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For a couple of months it was a mystery, someone had posted words of encouragement throughout a community that needs positive reinforcement.

Simple words painted on signs, made a difference. The person behind those signs and those words.

Patty Talbert is an artist. She paints designs, imagines people and faces; her process is complex and labor intensive.

“Each color is actually a layer of paint so if you see five colors, that’s five whole layers of paint,” said Talbert.

“When I get all the colors laid out then I take a sander and I sand it and when you sand it all the colors underneath come through,” she said.

Lately Patty has been painting words on signs; simple and encouraging words. She’s posted her signs all over north Omaha. All 54 of her signs have a positive message.

“I’m trying to send a positive message because everything we see is so negative. Especially in our community, especially in the black community.

“My goal was to like make somebody smile, maybe make somebody think differently that day,” she said.

Patty’s plan is working her signs are all over North Omaha.

Two of them are near Shaunta Paul’s daycare. Shaunta said, “when the kids walk out the day care they see all the love flowing succeed. I love you peace is a beautiful thing I’ve been here for 13 years. I was wondering who was putting the signs out. It should be all over the city. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

The signs are beautiful things to see, now Shaunta knows who is responsible for all the love and good will. In return, Patty knows her plan is working, her signs are being noticed.

“They’re positive words and I don’t know what positive words kids are hearing at home you know you never know. So it’s just my way of making somebody smile even if it’s just for a little while.”

Patty says so far only two of her signs have been removed, she hopes they will stand in place for everyone to see enjoy and be encouraged.