When you are sitting at the stop light on the Square in Camdenton, be sure to look around.When you are sitting at the stop light on the Square in Camdenton, be sure to look around.

When you are sitting at the stop light on the Square in Camdenton, be sure to look around.

No matter which part of the intersection you are at you are sure to see holiday-themed panels painted by local artists. These 4x8 panels are one-of-a-kind, hand-painted murals depicting various Christmas themes.Well-known local artists Dr. Paula Brown, Joseph Orr, John Ray, and Robert Barker lent their talents to the project. Bill Wood, a member of the arts community and owner of Bill’s Art Center & Gallery in Camdenton, along with woodcarver Doug Bibles have spearheaded the project. Wood says their goal is to beautify the city as well as enhance the area for local businesses. The panels will stay up through the holidays.

The Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Camdenton and the Community Arts League have been working together to head up projects to make Camdenton an art destination. A variety of events, community projects and activities have been sponsored by the groups to make art a part of the community.

Other projects and ideas are being tossed around including having quality murals painted on the sides of buildings.

The Camdenton Chamber and the Community Arts League is currently sponsoring the Camdenton Christmas Business Hop. This year’s grand prize is a $350 shopping spree to participating businesses. There will also be three $100 prizes, five $50 prizes and several $25 prizes. Tickets for participation are at area businesses with a snowman painted on their windows. Take your tickets to each participating business and get a signature. Fill out your ticket and return it to Bill’s Art Center and Gallery, Fleeces to Pieces, and the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce.

The contest runs through December 28.