ADDISON – For one Addison resident, holidays mean putting her art skills to use and decorating.
“I go crazy for every holiday,” said Marie Corona, who teaches special education part-time in Naperville.
A former art teacher, Corona especially likes creating pieces for Halloween. This year, she employed her husband’s carpentry skills to help her construct a flying witch in their front yard at 1844 W. Amelia Lane.
Hanging from a cable attached to the roof, the witch hangs suspended in the front yard above headstones, pumpkins and a cauldron.
“It had to be built strong because of the winds,” Corona said.
The festive scene has been a work in progress since the Coronas moved into their house in 1972. What began as a few cornstalks has evolved into a full scene of ghosts, a coffin and now a flying witch.
“We keep improving it every year,” Corona said.
Her love for holiday decorating emerged from the projects she did with her students first as an art teacher and later as a special education teacher.
Every holiday was an opportunity to create a new masterpiece.
“When they make something it [is] so good for their self-esteem,” Corona said about her students.
After instructing her students on projects, designing scenery and backdrops for school plays and her pottery work, Corona can’t help but keep creating.
Her love for teaching is just as great.
“I can’t leave it,” said Corona. “That’s just my whole life.”