Mural painted by students on DNR building on U.S. 2 unveiled this summer

Photo by Craig Woerpel Close up of Kaylee Hubert painting a fish featured in the new mural on the DNR building.

ESCANABA — Students have had a unique opportunity this past month: They’ve painted a mural on the outside wall of the DNR Building on U.S. Highway 2, and it was just unveiled on June 26. Students who participated took part in “Art Scene – Painting a Michigan Wildlife Mural,” a unique series of art classes that were offered to them for free from June 8 to 25. Students from local junior high and high schools in eighth through twelfth grades discovered their inner Michelangelo while helping to create the beautiful mural.

The Michigan DNR, which sponsored the mural project, is thankful to the Bonifas for its support. “We are very grateful to the Bonifas Arts Center for their support in partnering with the Finance and Operations Division of the Department of Natural Resources to do this venture,” said JoAnn Alexander with the Michigan DNR. “The mural represents what the outdoors has to offer in this beautiful area that we live. We hope that motorists and tourists driving by, and customers of the Escanaba Service Center will view and enjoy this outside mural for years to come. We are very fortunate to have such devoted and passionate local artists working on this project.”

The students were guided through the project by experienced instructor and artist James Finlan. Students practiced their drawing skills, along with large scale and detailed painting skills, and learned important lessons in perspective and teamwork.