RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) — The town of Rainelle is blooming with color thanks to a special group of students.
What was once an old, unoccupied building now proudly displays bright, positive messages for all to see in the Town of Rainelle.
Art students from Greenbrier West High School worked together to create the displays that are putting a little extra spark in the town.
Breann Carlson is one of those students, and has lived in West Virginia her whole life. She explained while many living in the town say it has taken longer than anticipated to bounce back from the floods, it’s the small, simple reminders that give hope to those who call Rainelle home.
“It feels really nice to put something colorful and lively to put a bit of spark back in the town that was once here,” Carlson said.
Carlson added the murals do not just serve as a reminder to those who live there, but also to the people driving through.
“People are gonna drive by and they are gonna see these, and they’re gonna know people in West Virginia took the time to do this. They’re gonna know we are good people and there’s great stuff here,” Carlson said.
A collaboration between the Meadow River Valley Association and the Greenbrier West art program made painting the murals possible.
President of the Meadow River Valley Association, Matt Ford, said all of this was done in an effort to make the town better than it was.
“There’s a lot of people that want to see Rainelle come back to its glory days. Really we wanna see it better, we wanna see it a different town,” Ford said.
The murals will stay in the empty store fronts for as long as the owners allow. The goal is to add more paintings throughout the town in the near future.