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UNG students painting murals on dreary public housing project walls
University of North Georgia art student Melanie Mitchell paints a tree on a large wall Wednesday morning at Melrose Apartments with help from a group of youths. Mitchell and fellow art student Michelle Vatral are working along with the Gainesville Housing Authority on the project.
Motorists and passersby at Pearl Nix and Queen City Parkway can’t help but see two University of North Georgia art students busy making the bland look beautiful. The two artists have been driving 40 minutes from Dahlonega where they attend UNG to what has become their very own outdoor studio at the public housing complex called Melrose Community Apartments at the 800 block of Davis Street in Gainesville. Melanie Mitchell and Michelle Vatral, both 21, have been undertaking the very public artwork since the end of May.