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A fun 4-day Just Us! Workshop with renowned muralist and painter Abbe Kent, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 11. “Just Us! Paint and Element Mural” runs for four evenings, 6-7pm.
Murals are a fun way to personalize a wall or room. This workshop not only teaches the tricks and techniques behind mural painting, but allows participants to take a child’s passion and create a signature element for his or her room – together! Students learn how to “scale up” (make larger than printed) a favorite item, transfer it to a working surface and paint it on special fabric. Students also learn how to install it in the perfect place. It will look as though it was painted directly on the wall, but can be removed if or when it is outgrown. Little or no drawing experience needed.
Kent is a degreed, professional fine artist specializing in large-scale exterior murals. Her oil paintings range from abstract to human figurative to pet portraits. Other areas of expertise include watercolor, acrylic, interior decorative mural painting, pen and ink, computer aided drawing, digital editing and set design. She is active in public art projects, supporting participation in board and community interaction. Continued education and research in new materials, technologies and their application has allowed her to expand her skills and ability to provide creative solutions to site-specific art installations.
Image courtesy Crooked Tree Arts Center: Kent and surface designer Patti Halstead work on a mural for the Centro Ecologico Akumal center in Akumal, Mexico.
Petoskey, on Little Traverse Bay, is about 60 miles north of Traverse City on US-31.