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Jan 21, 2013 8:36 AM by Tara Oster - KAJ News

Whitefish community art project progressing

WHITEFISH - Work is well underway on a unique community artwork project in Whitefish as the Stumptown Art Studio is much closer to unveiling the next element of Windows on Whitefish.

"This is the top panel. It's the sun shining and we're embellishing some of the rays," explained Jeanne Moe.

Community members are getting the unique chance to create art for public display in their own town, as the Stumptown Art Studio's Windows on Whitefish project continues with the Summer design.

"The second of four...is a continuous design. It's all one scene that changes with the seasons," the studio's art director, Deb Stika, said.

These artists are helping bring to life a concept created by Stika with the help of the Stumptown Art Studio board.

"[We] decided what elements represent Whitefish the best and incorporated those elements in each of the four panels," she said.

The mosaics have unique elements you might not expect, according to Bob Blickenstaff.

"There are all kinds of different things buried in here which are interesting if you look at them."

Much of the materials used for the artwork were donated by the community and even some of the students themselves.

"It's great to have the whole community [involved]. You know, young people, older people - ancient people, like us," Stika stated.

But before you can work on the giant mosaics, you need to take a class and learn how to create a mosaic fish. Then you're welcome to get your hands dirty.

"It's a community project and we thought it would be fun to be a part of it," Blickenstaff said.

"Definitely a collaboration; a community collaboration," Stika added.

The summer scene is almost done. Once it is, it'll be placed behind a giant window, and the project will be halfway completed.

The Stumptown Art Studio is always looking for donations of materials. Click here to learn how you can get involved.

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