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Artists create mural in front of Fraser Mercantile

Georga Feek
Sky-Hi News Intern

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Elizabeth Kurtak and Kyle Bannister created a beautiful chalk mural on the front stoop of the Fraser Mercantile Company building on Friday, July 24. The high quality chalk used for the drawing makes it last up to six months.

Kurtak is a Grand County local and Middle Park High School graduate. She has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Western State Colorado University, and now has her own art gallery: Elizabeth Kurtak Art Gallery in Fraser. Bannister has a history in graphic design but is now a professional artist. Kurtak and Bannister met at a show through another artist.

"I was excited to have a friend to work with for an afternoon," Kurtak says about her first experience with chalk art. "I'm really interested in sidewalk art."

With sidewalk art, the design should be related to the particular site because it's a different form of expression than traditional art pieces. It "needs to make sense," she says.

Kurtak and Bannister talked about their design and decided on an "old-timey cameo" that would be appropriate in front of the Fraser Mercantile building.

Bannister provided all the materials and the design came together quickly. The benefit of their drawing is that it can last and be altered to work for every season.

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"It's a nice design so it will stay up as long as it looks good," Kurtak declares.

Both Bannister and Kurtak are planning to draw more designs in the future.

"It's fun to do," Kurtak said, "It can make a major artistic statement in public."

So far, their sidewalk art has received positive feedback, so keep an eye out for more of Elizabeth Kurtak and Kyle Bannister's chalk art.

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