Fairbanks artist paints downtown mural to brighten the city

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Between 1st and 2nd street in downtown Fairbanks, artist Zoe Rabjohns is painting a mural to brighten the days of passersby.

Zoe Rabjohns has been working on the downtown mural since last summer. (Alex Bengel/KTVF)

Rabjohns has been working on the mural, which depicts a quilt being sown and a pattern of fireweed, since last summer. She was selected by That Old Sew and Sew Quilt Shop to paint the wall and when the occupants of the rest of the building agreed, she was given a stipend to purchase supplies and begin.

Though this is her first outdoor mural, Rabjohns has painted designs for Hari Om Indian Cuisine and the stairs of her house.

She described the qualities needed to take on a project like her mural, saying, “You have to have a lot of patience, and I think a good work ethic, you have to be able to be like, ‘Nope, I have to go in for two hours even if I only get a little bit done, I have to keep chipping away at it’”.

Rabjohns hopes to be finished with her mural by the end of June. At this point, she has one corner remaining to fill with flowers and wants to add shading to the design. “I thought I was going to be done in a month, and then I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not even halfway to the end of the wall, and then I was like, ‘Oh, next month,’ and it just kept going farther and farther and farther and then I was like ‘You know what? I’ll finish when I finish’,” she said.

After completing the mural, Rabjohns plans to host a First Friday art event in September or October.

Her Facebook page is titled Zoe Rabjohns Art, and she encourages aspiring artists to post their work online despite how intimidating it may be. “It’s super scary to post online, right? You’re putting your soul out there, you’re putting your pieces out there and if people critique it it’s like they’re critiquing you,” she said.

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