Making a mark in Lincoln Park

Inspired by the emerging craft economy in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, a colorful new piece of public art created by assistant professor of art Paul LaJeunesse will be officially unveiled to the public this weekend.

LaJeunesse is the Duluth Art Institute's first-ever Artist-in-Residence, and as part of this role he created a mural celebrating Lincoln Park's craft workers. The neighborhood is enjoying a renaissance as new businesses such as Bent Paddle Brewing and OMC Smokehouse have joined more established ones, including Frost River Trading and Aerostich. LaJeunesse toured these companies as part of his creative process, then spent three months painting the mural.

The permanent art piece will be unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at Frost River Trading Company at 1910 W. Superior St. The ribbon-cutting coincides with the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative's Meet in the Street block party, scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m.

LaJeunesse joined the St. Scholastica faculty in 2015 and teaches a variety of art classes, from introductory to advanced levels. His mural is the latest in a series of artistic outreach projects connecting the College to the community. Sarah Brokke Erickson, assistant professor of art and department chair, led the creation of murals at Laura MacArthur Elementary School in Duluth and Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center.