"It's definitely coming along," she said, taking a break from painting the woman's parasol. "Even with us doing it today, you can tell."

Senior Molly Curry, who will head to James Madison University next year, said she felt proud that people will see her work even when she's in college in Virginia.

Curry's main focus in art is typically photography, she said as she painted a road along the bottom of the wall.

Asked why she chose to participate in the project, she said, "just to be able to get out and do something different."


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Williams had planned to have the mural done by the end of May.

But rain washed out four days of painting and a freak accident eliminated another three.

On May 11, a driver turning into the parking lot hit the wall and accelerated into the rear of the House of Time shop on the corner.

Sections of the wall, coincidentally the part depicting a road, needed repainting and the donated scaffolding replacing after the accident.

Given the delays, Williams estimated that the students will place the final strokes on the mural by the second week of June.

Though the students have prepped and painted the wall for nearly a month, the idea actually began taking root in September.

That's when Catonsville resident Meg Tipper approached Williams about the mural.

They discussed several designs for the wall before setting their plan

"Murals are really uplifting. I think they celebrate the community in a really visible way," said Tipper, whose husband, Jim Himel, renovated the House of Time building near the mural last year. "It has already brought a lot of people to work together for the community good."

Tipper said numerous community organizations and businesses have donated to the project.

Williams noted local eateries have consistently provided food to the "starving artists" in the middle of their day.

The quality of the project has met Williams' expectations, something he credited to the fine artists in Catonsville High's student body.

Williams, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, provides instruction to the students as they work and will outline portions of the mural for the students to fill in.

"Part of my challenge is staying ahead of them, to give them enough to do at their skill level," Williams said.

Though this is Williams' first mural in his hometown, he said he has scouted four future locations in Catonsville to consider for future projects.

Williams declined to identify the locations.