Art Walk Albert Lea features local teen artist |

Art Walk Albert Lea features local teen artist

Jordyn Reed
Updated: October 12, 2020 10:49 PM
Created: October 12, 2020 05:11 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Just two months after finishing their first mural, Art Walk Albert Lea have chosen its next project and the artist is 15-year-old Ava Cunningham.

Cunningham was chosen for the project after a Facebook post caught the attention of one of the art initiative's leaders.

"We thought we were heading in one direction and at the last minute we saw Ava's Dad's post with some artwork that she put on a neighbors backyard shed," Main Street program director and collaborator with Art Walk Albert Lea, Holly Karsjens, said. "I sent it to Shane [Koepke], we talked a little bit and then we were like I guess this is what our next project is."

Cunningham is a tenth-grader at Albert Lea Senior High School and is about to play an important role in what Art Walk Albert Lea is trying to do, bring more art to the city.

At first, Cunningham said she didn't think this would be a type of thing she could do, "but when they contacted my dad and then he told me, I was super excited and it was wonderful."

Orginally, the goal was to build the art scene around the lake and downtown, but plans change.

"As soon as we started painting at Lakeview, we started getting an influx of messages of community members that were interested in us bringing public art to their neighborhood and I got like three different pictures of this park [Academy Park] from neighbors like, 'can you come and help us please?'" Karsjens said.

This park also has a special place in the artist's heart since Cunningham used to come to it a lot when she was younger. Now, she gets ready to begin her mural which she is planning to do by herself and with spray paint.

"You wouldn't picture it as your average spray painting piece of artwork," Cunningham said. "So, I think it will work out really good."

Art Walk Albert Lea hopes to have the project done by the end of the month but with cooler weather on the way, its debut is dependent on the elements.

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