Artist is adding bright colors to Chipley building

(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 1, 2018 at 6:05 PM CDT
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A Dothan artist has been painting for more than twenty-two years and is brightening up the streets of Chipley with her murals. She says painting has become her life style.

Melinda Kellenerger says "I managed Jack Dallony's art gallery in Ozark for about 13 years something like that, then I just decided that I needed to give it a try to paint on my own.

So Melinda did just that, some of her murals are displayed throughout the Wiregrass.

She was asked to paint a mural on the wall of the Piggly Wiggly in Chipley and she used this opportunity to show her creative side by sketching images of the town's history.

The paintings display an old train station. "Chipley used the trains that brought in lumber and pine trees. And they used the turpentine and stuff for their comers and they have a big watermelon festival every year so that's why we did the watermelons down there. "

Her mural has bought plenty of attention to the store as one employer says "We’ve gotten so many comments already and she has a mural inside that we get a lot of comments about.

Melinda says she lets her talent speak for itself and hopes others are inspired through her work. One message she has for others artists is to "keep on trying and take a lot of classes and to watch and be patient."