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UW-L art apprentices leave for Calif. to assist with trompe l’oeil

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Come June, downtown La Crosse will have a new attraction: a giant 3D mural of the city on the outer wall of the Pump House Regional Arts Center.

Two University of Wisconsin – La Crosse students left for Lake Tahoe, Calif. Friday to apprentice for the artist, John Pugh.

Junior Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel and senior Shelby Jo Phillips earned the chance to work on the trompe l'oeil.

"I've always been very creative and the fact I can use my talents to somehow – I don't want to say improve the community – but kind of culturally enhance it, I think that's awesome," Phillips said.

For the apprenticeship, the art students had to submit a letter of intent and portfolio of their work.

"It's slowly hitting me that this is actually happening – that I have the opportunity to work with a world-renowned artist and to make my dreams come true as a future artist," Shurbert-Hetzel said.

The students will be working at Pugh's studio for four weeks.

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