DENHAM SPRINGS -- The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is getting a makeover.

A hand-painted mural is currently being placed on the art building in downtown Denham Springs.

Local painter Marita Gentry, of Amite, is the one in charge of project. She is a juried artist for the Arts Council in addition to teaching art classes.

Gentry mostly works with abstract pieces, she said, which fit nicely with what the Arts Council wanted for its new outside look.

“They wanted a graphic contemporary statement piece,” Gentry said while pointing at the various colorful shapes she already painted.

Gentry said the entire project will take about “10 working days... roughly 80 hours.” She began by spray painting an outline of the design and is currently in the process of filling it in. The entire mural will stretch across two sides of the building, located in the Antique Village. 

Though incomplete, the mural has already attracted visitors.

“I’ve had more than a few people ask me to take photos of them standing in front of it,” Gentry said with a laugh. “Which is what we’re hoping for.”

The mural is being funded by three groups, Gentry said: The Arts Council of Livingston Parish, the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Livingston. Gentry is hoping to have it completed within the next week.

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