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Artists assist in the revitalization of downtown Bath

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While taking a stroll in the village of Bath, residents may notice some extra color. Artists have taken to the streets and are using a unique canvas to spruce up downtown. YNN's Crystal Cranmore has more on the initiative and the other changes residents can expect to see.

BATH, N.Y. -- “I did my first art work when I was 12 years old. Someone once said I work backwards because I put the color on first, then make it lighter,” explained Cathleen Jenkins, an artist.

If you are passing through the village of the Bath, some additional color may catch your eye.

Artists spent Friday afternoon painting trash cans along Liberty Street in an effort spruce up downtown Bath. It is all part of the Adopt-A-Trash Can Project. It is an initiative sponsored by the Bath Revitalization Group, and the artwork is certainly grabbing some attention.
“I don’t mind the audience. I’m glad to have them,” said Jenkins.

Artists must paint something nature-related or historical. Emy Lou Snyder is painting a vintage mail box in front of the post office.

“It’s important to beautify our town and build it up as much as we can,” said Snyder.

And just when you thought those were the only changes you'd see in town, there is still more to come. The Bath Revitalization Group also installed new welcome signs in the village.

The co-founder said they want to turn the community around with one project at a time.

“The concept was to freshen up Liberty Street, to get some color and some new ideas. We contacted many artists and even some people who do it as a hobby. We've had a great response, super volunteers,” said Sheri Nobles, co-founder of the Bath Revitalization Group.

The next time you are in Bath, make sure you take in the artwork.

“It’s fun," said Jenkins. "It’s fun being in town seeing what other people are doing." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP