When faced with the difficulty of continuing the decade-long tradition of creating an annual teen mural in the face of a global pandemic, the Carpinteria Arts Center community rose to the challenge and came up with a creative solution to enable area youth to create this year’s mural. Sponsored by Carpinteria Beautiful, teens were given painting supplies and a two- by two-foot piece of wood to paint at home using the theme Together ApART!  

Artists John Wullbrandt and Janey Cohen directed the project, and Wullbrandt said that he was excited to talk to all the youth as they dropped off their pieces, “especially to hear their artist statements that were so thoughtful, and really gave me hope for our future.”   

Twelve-year-old Logan Labistour wrote, “After all that is happening in the world today, we will find peace again. The hard times in life will make us strong in the end.” Participating in the teen mural project for her third year, 15-year-old Ella Bailey stated “Through quarantine, the whole world has been apart. However, during this time we have come together to stand up against racial injustice and this is what I wanted to show in my piece.” 

In coming weeks, the panels will be assembled and hung near the entrance of the courtyard at 865 Linden Avenue. Advisory board chair David Powdrell shared that, “the staff of the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center and a team of local volunteers are pitching in big-time, but John Wullbrandt deserves heartfelt kudos for his endless passion for the arts and for being the pied piper to our local teens.”  

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