KEYSER - The Keyser City Council has given approval for a group of young artists to create some murals to adorn the outside of the Amphitheater in the South End of Keyser.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council has given approval for a  group of young artists to create some murals to adorn the outside of the Amphitheater in the South End of Keyser.
City administrator Randy Amtower told the council during their March 28 meeting that Terry Stephens and members of the Highland Arts Unlimited Mural Committee would like to launch a project in which local art students would design and create some murals for placement on the exterior of the amphitheater.
“They will paint it on a sheet of plywood … and put it up with screws to the side of the building,” he said, adding that, after the mural was up for while, they could “paint new ones and change them out.”
All designs would be subject to approval by the committee.
Council member Jennifer Junkins said she thought the proposal was a good idea.
“I don’t see how we could lose,” she said, making a motion to approve the proposal.
Karol Ashenfelter seconded it.
Council member Terry Liller expressed concern, however, that the murals might invite vandalism.
“This would be a real target for a kid with a spray can,” he said.
Amtower noted, however, that “there’s a potential for that anywhere in town.”
“What would make me more comfortable,” Liller continued, “would be if we reserve the right” to change it or take it down.
The idea of painting murals throughout the town to create a more enticing atmosphere for visitors to the city came up last year when Potomac Valley Hospital hosted a series of “First Impression” meetings to discuss how Keyser could be made more welcoming to the public.
Stephens at that time proposed the idea of painting and placing murals throughout the town, and especially at the entrances to the city.