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Artists changing downtown landscape with new mural

ALPENA, Mich. — The first splash of paint on a downtown family business is already bringing excitement to Alpena’s growing art scene. Artists Aaron Golbeck and Chad Bolsinger have brought an insider perspective to their new mural.

From the can to the brick wall, Golbeck came up with a design plan that will be Alpena’s newest masterpiece on the Family Enterprise Embroidery shop in Alpena. The entire piece is about 20 by 35 feet wide.

Golbeck is a born and raised Alpena artist. He left home to start a new life in Denver, Colorado. Now he’s back, temporarily, until he and Bolsinger finish the mural of a woman looking off to the side and an owl with its wings spread.

“The whole thing started by just wanting to kind of give back and do something cool,” said Goldbeck.

Bolsinger is a Denver-native. “With me, I typically do a lot of animals,” he said. “I do a lot of stuff like that, so I think Aaron created this design thinking of me.”

The Downtown Development Authority commissioned the project and calls it their New Waves public art initiative.

“I just want to produce something people can enjoy,”said Golbeck.

Finishing highlights will be set by Thursday, leaving an impression for the whole town to see.

Family Enterprise Embroidery posted this to Facebook today:

We can’t wait to toast to the finished product on Friday from 5-7 during the Fresh Waves: Downtown Mural Project 2019 party to benefit Friends Together Alpena! We’ll meet you at the mural!