Students painting mural for mayor

Friday, April 27, 2012
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr Kristen Dendy, top, paints the tip of a pencil as Sydney Luna, below, pauses while painting letters. For related photo see page A7

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Half a dozen Marshall County High School art students are painting a mural of county icons on a wall at the reception room for County Mayor Joe Boyd Leggett's office.

The mural was to have been completed this week, but the students are perfectionists and decided to repaint images of trees and water. Their teacher is Karen Cherry.

Liggett started making arrangements for the mural months ago. The work started Jan. 30. Liggett says he's proud of what he's seen so far. Nevertheless, the students are feeling some pressure to do an exceptionally good job.

"Art work is stressful, especially for someone this important," said Kristen Dendy, 17, the daughter of Mike Dendy and Amy Carsello. "I like doing art work, but this is for someone important."

All of the students recognize that their mural will be seen by anyone who walks into that room on the ground floor of the Marshall County Courthouse Annex on the corner of Commerce Street and First Avenue.

All six collaborated on the research, design and painting, and they seem to be aware that as some are about to graduate, they face a difficult job market so they're not too fussy about what their next painting job might be.

"We're available for paint jobs," said Allie Earle, 18.

Her parents are Michele and Todd Earle.

"If I had to choose," Dendy said, "I'd rather do house painting."

That's less stressful, she said.

"I want to be a veterinarian, Dendy said, explaining, "Most artists are old or dead by the time they get recognized."

Luna reflects on the tight job market.

"That's why I want to go into photography or design," she said.