ALPENA, Mich. — Britt Flood, an artist from North Carolina was chosen to be a part of Downtown Alpena’s Fresh Waves Initiative. This is the third mural produced from the program, which is meant to bring exciting artwork to the area.
Flood began working on Aug. 24 on the side of the Thunder Bay Theatre’s warehouse. Four days later, and the work she calls “Together Again” is finished. “It’s based on embrace and community and connections,” said Flood. “So, just reminding everyone to give that passion and that community feeling, which I definitely felt from everyone this week.”
Over the past few days, Flood has received praise from members of the community. Executive Director of the Alpena Downtown Development Authority, Anne Gentry said she was amazed with the finished product and is glad they were able to do two murals this summer instead of one. “With everything going on in the world right now, especially with the pandemic, we thought it was more important now than ever to invest in something so bright and colorful that people can drive by and walk by every day,” she said. “We’ve heard a lot of positive comments, as the artist has, from different community members just thanking us for bringing something that’s so joyful to our community in these times.”
This will be the last mural for the summer, but Gentry said they’re already looking forward to next year.
“We’ll probably do another application process for both artists and downtown locations. We brainstormed, do we want to do a more temporary mural somewhere, do we want to do one location, two locations again next year? We hope to continue bringing more to our community.”
The new mural can be found on the Fletcher Street side of the Thunder Bay Theatre warehouse.