The city's shops are closing over safety concerns, and their windows are boarded up. But that doesn't mean everything has to look dreary, and these Vancouver shop murals prove it. A stream of artists are teaming up with an art store to celebrate the work of Canada's health care professionals, and they're breathing colour into the city, one mural at a time.\n"It's just amazing for us to share some beauty on the boarded walls of downtown Vancouver right now," artist Breece Austin told Narcity.\nOne of her works now decorates the barricaded windows of the custom framing and art store Kimprints, in Gastown.\nShe said not everyone knows the health care professionals working to protect the country, and that "showing their faces really speaks to the community."\n"It's something that we wanted to share towards these amazing women, who are working so so hard right now," Austin continued.\nThe shop's owner Kim Briscoe had to close up amid the pandemic. Like many other stores in the downtown area, her windows were soon boarded shut.\nBut that didn't stop her from expressing herself.\nAustin said that Briscoe first approached her with the idea and they got talking right away.\n"She was like, 'Oh, I have this idea!' and immediately I was downtown painting the next day," said Austin.\nView this post on Instagram Worked on a mural of Dr. Theresa Tam one of the forefront faces of Covid-19 in Canada. Work done on-site in Gastown, 41 Powell Street, Vancouver BC. Many businesses downtown are boarding up to protect properties that are temporarily shut down. A post shared by Breece Austin (@breecesartpieces98) on Mar 31, 2020 at 3:29pm PDT\nNarcity reached out to Briscoe for comment and will update this story.\nThere are only two paintings up right now on their shop — one shows B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, painted by Emily Carr art student Abi Taylor.\nAustin painted the other, which shows Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam. But more are coming, so keep your eyes peeled around Gastown for more art.\nView this post on Instagram ❤️❤️❤️ A post shared by Sam (she/her) (@samelaanderson) on Mar 31, 2020 at 7:03pm PDT\nB.C. health care professionals have worked tirelessly to protect us, and their efforts haven't gone unnoticed. From nightly cheering to city-wide lightshows, B.C. clearly shows they're loved.\nAnd it's thanks to everyone's hard work that half of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province have recovered.\nSurreal #covid19bc sight of the day. Larger-than-life murals of @CPHO_Canada and Dr. Bonnie Henry being painted, on an empty street in a shut-down neighbourhood in boarded-up Vancouver. pic.twitter.com/edo4Yd03oA— Diamond Isinger (@diamondisinger) March 31, 2020\nVancouver's boarded-up shops have got downtown looking like a ghost town for now, but it's artists like Austin who are breathing colour back into the shuttered storefronts.\nIn fact, she believes the boards on the windows just means more room for painting.\n"I think a lot of artists are going to be stepping out and creating some beautiful work."