The mural that wraps around two sides of Michaud Flooring on Route 66 in Columbia is undeniably eye-catching. Measuring 13 feet high and encompassing a total of 970 square feet, the mural depicts Mitchell Hanson, the son of owner Lynne Michaud-Cray, working with a roll of red and white sheet vinyl. “Last spring we were approached by an art student from Eastern [Connecticut State University] to do a mural on the building,” said Michaud-Cray. “I wasn’t aware that I needed to get a permit for it.”

Craig Dziekan, the student in question, was attracted by the freshly-painted yellow building, which he saw as the perfect canvas for his art. Michaud-Cray, discouraged at the time about the slow economy, said that Dziekan was “like a breath of fresh air. Read the full story at