Millie Arp, Mayo students unveil mural

By Samantha Tucker samantha@prairiepress.net
Posted 5/3/21

Drivers on South Central Avenue are enjoying a bright new mural on display at the First Mid Bank & Trust drive through, and they have Millie Arp and her Mayo art class to thank.

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Millie Arp, Mayo students unveil mural

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Drivers on South Central Avenue are enjoying a bright new mural on display at the First Mid Bank & Trust drive through, and they have Millie Arp and her Mayo art class to thank.

“First Mid originally commissioned me to paint,” said Arp. “There’d been a mural here, but it was weathered. I asked if I could bring the students in on this.”

The bank agreed. Arp then laid out the design, a visual essay about life in Paris, on plywood so it could be painted at school and mounted onsite. The outlines are Arp’s, but her kids filled in the rest.

“We mostly just moved around and helped on all of it,” explained Ariana Malovski, who specialized in filling and blending the sky.

The project began in September. Students painted nearly constantly throughout the fall, breaking only for side projects and quarantine, until the mural was declared finished in November.

“We worked on it pretty much every day,” said Arp.

It is hard work her students are proud of.

“It definitely took a lot of time and I feel like it paid off,” said Brysen Huie.

Spring’s arrival meant the finished piece could finally be installed and enjoyed by everyone. Arp’s students were thrilled.

“It’s really nice. It’s refreshing and it’s nice seeing something we made for the community,” said Kendra Viel.

“The team effort was amazing,” added Addison Foltz.

COVID-19 has overshadowed this past school year, but students found their circumstances gave extra significance to painting together, especially a piece depicting Paris without the pandemic.

“It was nice to do a big project together with everyone,” said Kaidence Eveland, who went on to say how much she valued the time with friends.

Classmate Maddie Frank summed up the feeling. “We have to be so far apart from each other, but we felt so close.”