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Over the years, I have created window displays for several Boulder area retail shops. Here are some of my favorites.


I was hired to do the 2006 Christmas windows for Weekends, a casual clothing store in downtown Boulder. The storefront is on the Pearl Street Mall (just to the left in the photo), but the windows are on Broadway, meaning thousands of people walk or drive past the store every day. Each window is over ten feet tall and ten feet wide. I started character design in September, which really strained my long-held stance against getting into the Christmas spirit too early.

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The characters in each window were "animated". They were drawn and painted on large sheets of Gatorfoam, then cut out and mounted on contraptions that allowed various parts to move, creating a very dynamic and whimsical display.

The first window features a dancing Nutcracker whose arms, legs and mouth move up and down, and a Sugar Plum Fairy whose legs twirl. The Nutcracker stands almost eight feet tall up to his hat.

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The second window features a Christmas tree that sways side to side. Each layer of the tree is mounted separately and swings freely, and the ornaments are attached to springs, so there is a lot of random movement. The ornaments are painted gold and give off reflections as they bob around. The tree is over eight feet tall. As you can see, kids love it!

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The third window features a snowman whose body "rolls" downhill, and his head goes along for the ride. His head remains upright the whole time. The snowman's body is four feet in diameter.

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The fourth window features a Christmas mouse riding the swinging pendulum of a large clock. This is probably my favorite part of the whole display. The pendulum is about three feet wide.

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The overall concept was conceived by Gerry Karnish of Karnish Interiors in Boulder.


Aria was a fantastic gift shop in downtown Boulder that closed in 2003. I had the opportunity to design several window displays for them over the years. This one was done in 1999. The panels hung at different angles so they were visible as people approached from different directions. Actual merchandise from the store was attached to each one as if the character were holding it. (or in some cases, dropping it.)

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Ron Ruelle, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Ad Guy, Graphic Novelist, Pen for Hire. HeyDarwin@comcast.net Or snail mail to Ron Ruelle, PO Box 19492, Boulder, CO 80308-9492. All contents (C) 1986-2017 Ron Ruelle and/or their respective copyright holders. So don't go printing this stuff on t-shirts and selling it at the county fair! This website designed, developed and maintained by Ron Ruelle.