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Artists add color to Denison back alleys

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This new mural is the latest addition to Denison's Music Alley. (KTEN) This new mural is the latest addition to Denison's Music Alley. (KTEN)
New murals are appearing around downtown Denison. (KTEN) New murals are appearing around downtown Denison. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- If you live or work in Denison, you may have notice that new murals are appearing on downtown buildings.

"We love to create art," said mural artist Jodi Castelli. "We love the process of creating art, and we get to beautify the city while doing it."

Castelli and Mark Niemi of Denison's Casni Studio finished a mural portraying a vintage phonograph as a flower in Music Alley right behind Heritage Park on Wednesday afternoon. Its message: "Music is nectar for the soul."

The artists also painted 12 dumpsters in the same alley.

"Make Music Alley a little bit more colorful and happy," Castelli said. "I think it's just a way to get, maybe, people to stop and maybe not be as afraid to go into the alleys."

The City of Denison is activating its alleys, once considered eyesores.

"It's an overall project to try to get people comfortable and making it interesting and fun in the alleys," said Denison Main Street director Donna Dow.

In the campaign to bring life to the alleyways, you can expect some businesses to be accessed through the back door, with more murals, patios, walkways, lights and even improved parking lots.

The focus on back alleys follows the city's decision to redo Main Street.

"When we're doing construction on Main Street, we want people to be able to park in the parking lots and access the businesses on Main Street," Dow explained.

The construction part of this project won't start until spring of next year. Until then, expect to see more art being added in the downtown district.

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