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Mural brightens Hubbard County Food Shelf

Tori Campbell, a senior at Park Rapids Area High School, puts finishing touches on the vibrant mural she designed for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. The building is located on Pleasant Ave. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)1 / 2
Campbell steadily painted for about two days to complete the mural.2 / 2

Vivid fruit and veggies burst from the Hubbard County Food Shelf — both literally and picturesquely.

The new mural is the brainchild of food shelf volunteer Jean Ruzicka and the handiwork of Tori Campbell, a senior at Park Rapids Area High School.

Valspar and Cwikla Ace Hardware donated bright pots of paint.

Last week, Campbell drew the design on the wall in pencil first. She spent two solid days painting, starting at sunrise and working non-stop til dusk.

Campbell conceived of the design after researching online and receiving input from the food shelf board.

"I thought, 'Well, it has something to do with food and then something with giving,' so I came up with the giving hands and everything else happened," Campbell explained.

She is also in the midst of creating a Hogwarts-themed mural at the high school. She said it's the reason art teacher Mike Hartung selected her for the food shelf project.

"I'm the only one that has ever and is doing a mural in the English hallway," she said. "That is, as well, taking more time than I thought it would."

The main difference between a small-scale painting and a mural is "the attention to detail," she said. "In the bigger ones, you really have to pay attention to detail because it will matter when you look at it from far away and up close. I think that's the big kicker. That and the amount of paint."

Campbell says she used "a lot" of paint for the food shelf mural.

Food shelf director Bob Hansen is impressed with how well the mural turned out.

"It's great for the community and very recognizable," he said.

A number of food shelf clients have complimented Campbell on her work.

Art is among her many interests. She also likes math, science, children, theatre, dance. She hasn't decided which career to pursue yet.

"I'll let God narrow the playing field, then go from there," she said.