Photos: Spray can art steps up and out in Moorhead

Creating 'Bubbles'
Aerosol artist and DJ Micah Leitel, 32, worked on "Bubbles," a public art piece commissioned by the city of Moorhead, Saturday. "I never thought the city of Moorhead would commission me to do anything," said Leitel, who graduated from Moorhead High in 2000.
Ann Arbor Miller | MPR News

Public art enjoyed a bit of prominence in Moorhead, Minn., this weekend.

A free interactive aerosol art workshop invited anyone and everyone to sample spraying acyclic paint on temporary demonstration walls.

"There's no right or wrong way," explained artist and educator Cory Gillerstein, who was among those on hand to guide participants. "It's an art process. Everyone paints a little differently."

The practice walls, which were set up in a courtyard outside the Moorhead Center Mall, were just one part of the event Saturday. Nearby, local aerosol artist and disc jockey Micah Leitel created a commissioned piece.

"The funny thing about spray painting is it looks all a mess until you put an outline on it," said Leitel, who spent the afternoon painting and talking with passersby. "It's good to have imperfections. That lets people know you are human."

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