Williston colors the town

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WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston is taking the arts to the streets. The city is teaming up with the Downtowners Association in hopes of bringing color to its alleys. 10 murals are scheduled to give artists the opportunity to showcase their talents.

"It’s a cool way to incorporate the history of the town. The tunnels the train and then incorporate some new direction of the town within art just a piece of something we can look at," said-Louis Skaare, executive director of Williston Downtowners Association.

Abandoned doors and windows will soon get a new look. Organizers say not only is this a good opportunity for artists, but for businesses as well.

"We want to see people out checking out these different murals, different colors the stories and then they can actually go into the stores and talk to the people hear their stories why they're downtown? Why they are in Williston? You know what it that kind of fuels their business," said Skaare.

So far, eight businesses have agreed to participate. Owners say there is hidden talent in the city and are eager to bring it to light.

"Just fits into that scheme of things in terms of how we approach buildings and making buildings pleasant places for people to live and work and also pleasant for people to see as their driving by," said Muriel Lippert, Building Manager for Renaissance on Main.

While there are no restrictions as to who can sign up, organizers are hoping the artists will express themselves through their artwork while representing their city.

"The business owner has to appreciate it, but we still don’t want to silence them. We want them to be expressive kind of what their history, their past is, but still linking it to Williston," said Skaare.

And although everyone may not be the best painter, indulging in your passion and expressing yourself is all that matters.

Artists that are interested can submit five artwork samples to willistondowntowners@gmail.com. Artists have until June 17 to submit their creations.