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Amherst High Schoolers Painting the Town


Amherst, VA - They're turning the town of Amherst into an art exhibit -- one brush stroke at a time.

Nine high school students are painting murals that will be displayed in the center of town. This is part of the ArtMeters project.

It began a few years ago with artists painting old parking meters to draw attention to downtown.

It wasn't a building, but American folk art that made Queena Stovall famous. Lauren Huffman has been painting the Amherst County native for two weeks.

"It's also better than doing homework," Huffman said, holding a paintbrush.

Her classmates are working on the town's first African-American mayor, a traveling preacher and Polly the parrot. The eight characters come to life with every brush stroke.

Senior Bryan Taylor says it gives him a sense of pride.

"You just feel accomplished," Taylor said.

The display cases are a few hundred feet away. The students will hang all eight paintings on the side of the Goodwin building. They'll get plenty of exposure because it's at the only traffic light in town.

"This will give them a chance to be connected with their town," said Maryellen Barron, an art teacher at the high school.

All of the artwork is being unveiled on September 20 at 5:30 p.m.

The project was supposed to happen last year, but the second floor of the Goodwin building caught fire delaying the plans.

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