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"Walldogs" paint murals in Shipshewana

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What happens when you bring about 200 painters from across the country to one place for a few days? An entire town gets a face lift.

A group called "Walldogs" is putting their paintbrushes to work in Shipshewana for the next few days. The artists are painting 15 murals on all types of surfaces, all around Shipshewana.

Bill Hueg is a project leader from St. Paul, Minnesota. He's helping with the design of the painting at the Hudson Auto Museum in Shipshewana. It's a picture of the first car to come through Shipshewana. Hueg has visited about 30 places during his time with Walldogs.

"I've been traveling for about the last 25 years, back and forth, around the nation. I've been lucky to get called in on a variety of projects, such as this," says Hueg. 

Painters working in Shipshewana for the next few days come from all over. Even as far away as Germany. It's not just about painting on walls and buildings, the pictures tell the history of the town the Walldogs are visiting.

"I like to describe what we do as not murals, but more like antique advertising because what we're focusing on is the history of a town. Like for instance, we've got Pletcher Racing Acres, it's something that's been around since 1935," says Art Director, Davis Butler.

Artists say they like leaving a town, knowing they've made a positive impact. "We know that this livens up a town and it gives a tourist attraction to a town and see new things," says Hueg.

The artists will be working on the paintings through Saturday.

Shipshewana has actually been planning the Walldogs' visit for three years. Dozens of volunteers are making sure the artists are taken care of while they're here.

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