M.J. Bower is a Speech Language Pathologist who enjoys empowering people through improved communication skills. Originally from Maine, she settled in Bloomington after living in Connecticut, Colorado, and Illinois. Her pastimes include travel, photography, kitchen chemistry, and exploring the world around her. She and her husband live with their four children in a home that has inspired her love/hate relationship with home remodeling. M.J. is the founder of The Bloomington Townie and The Townie Travels, social media accounts where locals share insight into Bloomington and beyond.
Murals provide “a splash of color” in downtown Bloomington during the winter when most natural color has gone dormant, writes M.J. Bower. She photographed more than 30 local murals for this photo essay on an art form that has existed since prehistoric cave paintings. She also created a Bloomington Mural Trail for some outdoor winter fun. Click here to see the Murals of Bloomington and Trail Map.