Nine new murals add vibrant colors to Downtown Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - As you walk around downtown Rockford you might notice some painters decorating the walls of the city. These murals are a part of The Cre8tive: Transformational Art Festival.

"We are actually painting hearts down here to make it a little bit of a lover’s lane,” said Muralist Lisa Frost.

Frost and her daughter Libbie are creating a work of art under the Jefferson Street Bridge.

"You can come down Madison Street and you can take this, it's an actually a road and It's like a portal or as a tunnel into our downtown," Frost said.

Frost's mural is one of nine being created in downtown Rockford.

"Bringing art to all of these different places for all the people to see, Art is not shoved into a museum somewhere where we aren't all able to interact with it," Frost said.

"These murals are a great form of planting a stake in the ground and saying this is a new day in our community. Transformation is happening and people are excited to be here,” said Rockford Area Convention & Vistors Bureau President John Groh.

Groh and his team searched across the country to find the perfect artists.

"We have three folks directly from the city of Rockford, one from Sycamore, two from Chicago, and then the rest are from the Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Denver. So we are thrilled to have a great mixture of artists,” Groh said.

"As we continue to build this event we are going to have so many remarkable works of art in our city and I am so proud to be a part of it," Frost said.

This mural festival will be going on until Sunday.