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Friday is 'paint by number' day on downtown mural

As work continues on the Fifth Avenue and Maple Street sidewalk mural project, the city is inviting the public to participate in paint day on Friday.

In a “paint by number” style activity, no artistic skills are required to contribute to the mural meant to connect the Main Street and Seventh Avenue business districts. The public may sign up for 30-minute slots to fill in colors along the Hendo Bee Line sidewalk mural. Volunteers. Students from Hendersonville High School’s art classes will guide the public in simple painting in this participatory community event.

Time slots are available from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Groups of four to five people can work on an area together. Go here to sign up.

Volunteers, including several HHS art students, have been dedicating their weekends since October to complete the mural project funded by an AARP Community Challenge grant. There are three total murals to be completed. “Bear Crossing” and “Hendo” by Diamond Cash, and the “Hendo Bee Line” by Elizabeth Queen.

“This project has brought a lot of interest and involvement in the community,” said Jamie Carpenter, the city's downtown manager. “Lead artists, Diamond Cash and Elizabeth Queen have dedicated long hours, pulling in friends, family, and the entire community together to make something very eye-catching and thoughtful for the corridor that connects Main Street and Seventh Avenue.”