Local artist to paint hopeful messages on the dining hall’s walls at the Downtown Rescue Mission

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A local artist from Lowe Mill is taking his talents to the Downtown Rescue Mission for a project he hopes will transform more than the mission's walls. Artist Logan Tanner is using the dining hall's white walls as a canvas for his new mural project.

Tanner has drawn eight different mural plans for each of the panels within the dining hall. Each painting costs around $1,000 to create. BASF has already donated the money for the first mural. But, Food Service Manager John Niermeyer said the payment does not have to come from one person.

"If you had partners that wanted to work together to do 100 dollars here, 100 dollars there, we could do that," Niemeyer said.

Tanner said four of the mural designs are derived from the Old Testament of the Bible and four are from the New Testament. Tanner said there's a main reason behind the biblical stories he chose.

"I tried to choose scenes that really had a message that really related back to how Jesus wanted us to treat each other," Tanner said.

The painting for the first mural is set to start within the next couple of months. Tanner estimates it will take him a month to complete the first painting.

If you, or a group, would like to sponsor the seven additional paintings, you can call Niemeyer at (256)713-4311, email him at john.niemeyer@downtownrescuemission.org, or visit the mission's website for more information at downtownrescuemission.org/ .

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