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Van Alstyne mural gets fresh paint, fresh look

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Mural artist Calina Johnson painting new mural in Van Alstyne Mural artist Calina Johnson painting new mural in Van Alstyne

VAN ALSTYNE, Texas -- For years, Van Alstyne residents portrayed their history with a mural in the heart of downtown. But in November, the landmark was painted over, raising questions for locals.

Now an acclaimed street artist is giving it a fresh look.. 

Calina Mishay Johnson was hired by the building owner that was home to the original mural. She is tasked with painting hundreds of years of Van Alstyne history, just like the mural before it.

"I like to take things that were traditionally important to people --  small towns, their history, things like that -- and give it to them in a new, bright, colorful, contemporary type of way," Johnson said. 

She said her design will pay homage to the town and its icons. 

"We are doing a really dramatic sky at dusk and its all things Van Alstyne: The train, some of the buildings in downtown, the Boy Scout for one of the oldest troops in America," Johnson explained. The infamous three-legged dog and Chicken Tree Road will also be included.

"I was interested in the fact that something is being put here in its place, and is going to show some of the traditions of Van Alstyne," said Charlie Williams, a long-time Van Alstyne resident.

Karen Riley, who works at the The Quilt Asylum in the mural's building, said the art will also draw attention to downtown.

"We are just bringing back history, cleaning it up, brightening it up, and it's going to be gorgeous," Riley said. 

"People with big hearts and the way they care for people, that's what small towns are about, and that's the kind of mural I want to leave behind that gives them that feeling of growing up in a small town, so that's my goal," Johnson said.

You can see more of Calina Johnson's work and contact her HERE

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