Jyl Dittbenner

Jyl Dittbenner speaks with a reporter in front of her mural on the back wall of the Rex Theatre in Manchester earlier this year.

Walk through downtown Manchester and it’s hard to miss artist Jyl Dittbenner’s handiwork.

It stretches across three sides of the Rex Theatre, adds a colorful pop to defunct pay-phone boxes and electrical-box covers, and fills the pages of a coloring book propped on display in the Bookery.

Cat Alley

Artist and muralist Jyl Dittbener poses at Cat Alley off Elm Street in downtown Manchester, where she painted a whimsical “stack of cats.”

Cat Alley

'Colors of Manchester'

Manchester artist Jyl Dittbenner holds a displayed copy of her coloring book “The Colors of Manchester” at The Bookery on Elm Street.

Jyl Dittbenner

Muralist Jyl Dittbenner pauses while doing a walkaround of Manchester to point out her art around the city, including a dinosaur on Nutfield Lane. It’s a T-Rex on the side of the Rex Theatre, and it was painted over some old graffiti.


A pair painted by Manchester artist Jyl Dittbenner emerges from the brick wall on one side of the Rex Theatre.