Our Lady Academy art student Kaylee Hardenstein on Saturday paints a pelican on the new Clermont Harbor mural. 

On Sunday, a beautification project four years in the making came to fruition in Clermont Harbor with help from Our Lady Academy's National Art Honor Society students.

Students drew and painted a colorful mural at the corner of Ioor Avenue and South Beach Boulevard.

"It adds a quality of life and beautification to the area," Craig Clement, president of the Clermont Harbor Association, said Sunday. "We're hoping this kind of project will rejuvenate the area."

Clement said Clermont Harbor has been "slow coming back" since 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

He said he is hoping beautification projects such as this will encourage people to "want to be here."

OLA's art teacher Amanda Bush said she was excited when Clement reached out to her for help with the mural.

"The students are talented enough to put it into fruition," she said. "It's a great opportunity for them to show off their talents."

Bush said the students took the ideas supplemented by the Clermont Harbor Association and sketched out a few designs.

The mural includes a painting of a pelican by Kaylee Hardenstein, Bush said.

The mural also depicts a sunset and includes the words Clermont Harbor.

In addition to Hardenstein, the following students also participated in Sunday's mural painting: Faith Anderson, Grace Bradford, Suzie Brown, Sydney Burrell, Devin Graham, Alma Hearin, Sydney Hotard, Nadia Karamt, Lillie Lawhead, Emma Lee Nehlig, Hannah Roth, Morgan Roth, Sofia Sanchez, Ella Taylor, Savannah Templeton, Abby Whaley, Claire Whitney, Taylor Wypyski, and Gabby Vince.

Bush said the students also participate in several other service projects throughout the year.

Tenth-grader Morgan Roth said that she likes helping people and participating in art projects.

"It's a real nice area here right across from the beach," Roth said.

Tenth-grader Ella Taylor said this was her first art service project with the group.

She added that art is one of her favorite classes and painting the mural gave her an "amazing opportunity to come out and better the community."

"Art makes people happier and this brightens up the area, adds more color, and attracts more people," she said. "Most people don't think of art as a service project. Most see it as taking food to the food pantry or donating clothes, but it (art) is also a community service."

Clement said that several located business also donated to the project. Lowes donated paint and supplies; the Silver Slipper Casino and Hotel donated snacks and water; and Little Caesars donated pizza for the group's lunch.

The Clermont Harbor Volunteer Fire Department also directed traffic while the students painted, Clement said.

Clermont Harbor resident Jimmy McGuire said he thinks the mural is a "great idea."

"We're so honored to have these ladies volunteer their services," he said.

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