Painting Peoria

Published 06/05 2014 10:52PM

Updated 06/05 2014 10:58PM

PEORIA - His art is all over the world.

And now, he's coming to paint Peoria.



Artist Mike Kershnar is currently living as an artist in residence at Blue Heron Farm in rural Washburn.


The California native has created art for popular skateboarding brands and well-known musicians like Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Wilco.


Kershnar is teaching his craft to students at the sun foundation camp this summer in Washburn.


And he's also paying it forward.

Tomorrow, Kershnar is painting a mural live at the Studios on Sheridan.

The art will be a permanent fixture on the outside of the building, expressing art and beauty of central Illinois.



“I’m going to use the inspiration from all the wildlife I’ve seen out here, I love when i go for a walk, I see tadpoles, a few days later, they have legs, few days later, almost a frog. It's really accessible here to see all facets of nature, just on this beautiful piece of property out here,” says Kershnar,


The only other city approved street art Kershnar has painted is in Moscow, Russia.


The public is invited to the painting and to meet the artist.

He'll paint from 5 to 9pm Friday, June 6th at the Sunbeam Building on Main and Sheridan.


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