November 16, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Cheers: Downtown Vancouver is shining a little more brightly these days, thanks to the Clark County Mural Society. The core of the city now features 16 walls that have been spruced up with some manner of art, including five added in the summer. "It's a fun way to clean up our city and bring vibrancy and color," Nikki White, a board member for the mural society, told Columbian reporter Emily Gillespie.The mural society chooses a theme for selected walls in the downtown area, then solicits design proposals from artists. Among the projects: A smiling cloud riding a bicycle trailed by a rainbow ribbon, and a wall at Briz Loan & Guitar celebrating wine and jazz festivals. "We have this big blank wall out there staring at me every day," Briz owner Matt Brislawn said. "I've always admired the murals that have been around for years. It added character to our downtown."