Vacant buildings get creative facelifts through new art initiative downtown

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LYNCHURG, Va. (WSET) - For the next season of First Fridays, Art on Main is launching its second project.

The James River Art Council hosted an open house to kick things off.

The organization works with local building owners and artists to put pieces in the windows of abandoned buildings on Main Street.

Area Sculptor, Bobby Fuller took notice.

"It's good. It's like recycling art and bringing life back to the buildings that are just wasted space," said Fuller.

Organizers say it's bringing vacant buildings back to life in more ways than one.

"A lot of people are not only looking at the art, but they are looking to see if the building is available for lease," said James River Art Council Member, Jason St.Clair.

Potentially boosting the economy, but for young artists like, Stephen Kissel, it's a way to connect.

Connect the community with his art, and connect him with other creatives.

"There are a lot of artists here that may not know about different things going on and different events and things they can be a part of," said Kissel.

Local resident and art enthusiast, Christine Olglesby says with more artists, more diversity and more business, a city that she loves can become even greater.

"I think it's one of the most important things we can do for downtown Lynchburg. I'm very excited about this. I think it's wonderful," said Olglesby.

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