POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 9:18pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 12:52pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Art lovers got their first look at paintings that could soon transform downtown Baton Rouge.
The Cress Gallery opened an exhibit Thursday for three artists who will be featured in the BR Walls Project.
BR Walls will use murals to improve downtown.
The local art community thinks the project will be a great way to bring new energy to downtown.
"I think it's a great concept," said gallery curator Christopher Turner. "I think it's great for the culture in Baton Rouge."
The choice of artists drew praise from patrons of the exhibition.
"A lot of this art here," said Alvin Chappuis, "if you look at John (Wax)'s work, and the artists here, it's local stuff."
The first mural is already in place, near the intersection of 3rd Street and Florida Street, with another in production on the same block.
More than 50 artists and business leaders are choosing which painters get to leave their mark on the city.
For more information on BR Walls, visit http://www.brwallsproject.com .