Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

School Spruce-Up.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Elaine D. Briseno Journal Staff Writer

BERNALILLO

Murals enliven Carroll Elementary and help distinguish between similar-looking halls

A Santo Domingo native is spending this summer adding color to the lives of Carroll Elementary students.

Joseph Aguilar was busy Wednesday afternoon painting on the walls of what will be known as the "Balloon Fiesta Hallway." The mural has hot-air balloons landing on a New Mexico landscape complete with desert plants and mesas.

"If I feel good about a place, like I do about this place, it comes out in the artwork," he said.

But the mural is not complete. He still needs to add a few more balloons, some pottery and the gondolas to all the balloons. …

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