Albert Lea art initiative taking off |

Albert Lea art initiative taking off

Jordyn Reed
Updated: August 30, 2020 10:40 PM
Created: August 30, 2020 09:05 PM

(ABC 6 News) - New art has been popping up all over Rochester and now that will be the case in Albert Lea.

Art Walk Albert Lea is a community initiative that is looking to bring more public art to the city.

"The group that got together really wanted to energize the community through visual art so we have a combination of sculptural goals as well as murals," Shane Koepke, community member and collaborator with Art Walk Albert Lea, said.

The initiative has been years in the making but with everything that's going on with the pandemic, collaborators and supervisors did not know if it would even take off this year. Then they thought differently. 

Since the art was being done outside, Art Walk Albert Lea was able to kick off and they just finished their first mural at Lakeview Park.

"Everyone's being told no and if a mural just showed up I think it would be a huge asset to our community," Main Street program director and collaborator with Art Walk Albert Lea, Holly Karsjens, said.

Volunteers helped paint a duck mural that was designed by local artist Angie Moller, while local businesses helped with supplies and prepping the surface.

"We couldn't have really done it without Jason at Doug's Sandblasting and Painting," Karsjens said. "He prepped the surface for us, kind of walked us through what we needed to do, what kind of paint we needed, he came back and sealed it when it was all done."

The paint for the project was donated by Albert Lea's Sherwin-Williams. Overall, a community wide effort for the first of many public art displays. 

As of now, Art Walk Albert Lea is trying to get their second mural in the works. The goal is to have ten public art projects by the end of 2021. 

"We're going to probably have to go a bunch of different ways about getting art," Karsjens said. "So, what might be putting out a call for artists on a specific thing we have an idea for, like this or it might be something that we might just open it up and say we have a space bring us your idea…I think it will be a lot of different ways we go about getting those pieces completed so we're open."

More information on the initiative can be found here.

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