COLUMBIA FALLS – Columbia Falls High School students helped beautify downtown Columbia Falls on Thursday with a mural depicting Lake McDonald.
High school art teacher Shelby Johnson says the mural is designed after Lake McDonald and that the paint was selected carefully to ensure it could withstand the weather and heavy Columbia Falls traffic.
“We’re going to do a sun that kinda shines outwards on the horizon. And we’re trying to base it around Lake McDonald,” says Johnson.
The Lake McDonald mural in downtown Columbia Falls kicks off the start of the beautification process of the town.
With a new downtown welcome arch in the works too, senior Genevieve Delorme said she’s excited to be a part of bettering her town.
“The past few years we’ve brought the town together. I think this another part of it too, and I think that’s really exciting,” Delorme said.
Junior Katie Triplett is thrilled to be using her passion for art to make her mark on the mural in downtown Columbia Falls.
“I really like the fact that you can be so expressive and that you can express yourself in many different ways, as many different mediums,” she said.”
“So yeah, I think it’s a very universal thing and it’s very unique to each individual. So, that’s what I love about art.”
Reporting by Maren Siu for MTN News