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Stoddard man selected to work with Artist John Pugh

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Robert Mini, from Stoddard,  has been selected by artist, John Pugh, as an apprentice to work for six weeks at Pugh's studio in Lake Tahoe, CA.

The internship program is part of a grant to train local artists in the technique of trompe l'oeil and bring the skill back to La Crosse.  Funding for the Community Apprentice comes from an NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Grant to the City of La Crosse and its partner, the Pump House Regional Arts Center.

Mini said he is thrilled to be chosen and is excited about the opportunity. "The apprentice concept of working with a master artist is the fastest possible way to advance my skills," said Mini.

Mini works as a foreman with Whole Trees, a La Crosse area construction company, he creates buildings out of timbers and finishes handrails and banisters by pulling free form branches together to make a coherent artistic piece.

Two students just returned from working with Pugh in California.  Mini will be leaving on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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