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Student Mural Apprentices Return


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -- The two student apprentices who worked with artist John Pugh for the past few weeks on the proposed Pump House mural returned to share their experience.

Shelby Phillips and Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel both received a hands-on education on public art and the trompe l'oeil style. While the La Crosse mural remains in the early stages, the apprentices already made some significant contributions.

Phillips said, "[John]'s working on this, and he's working on it hard, picking concepts, tweaking things. When he had problems he'd ask us, so we were involved."

"He likes to do a lot of his sketching on his own, but he does like to share what his ideas are and what we think, so we were able to put in some ideas that we had about it," said Shurbert-Hetzel.

They both say they've already gained valuable experience for their own futures.

"I'm hoping to pursue another branch of art that I've never explored before," said Shurbert-Hetzel. "I'm also planning to do my own works that could possibly be put downtown."

Phillips added, "I can see that he's able to use his talents to survive and thrive. That's something that really hit me that I can do this for a living. It's possible."

The two also did much of the work preparing the material on which the mural will be painted. You can read more about their experience via their blog: 

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