FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Alexandra Hall says she's had a creative niche her whole life.
The recent opportunity to paint a mural for the Jiffy Lube Mural Project was one she couldn't pass.
“I’m always excited to take on a new project and put my artwork out there,” said Hall.
Hall is one of two artists in the northeast Indiana region partaking in the 5th annual project that's part of Jiffy Lube's Growing People through Work initiative.
Her mural installation boasts a chimpanzee sipping coffee at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and South Bend Drive.
Zach Medler is another artist adding color to northeast Indiana, but he's participating in Make it Your Own Mural Fest where artists from across the world have 11 days to complete their paintings across 11 countries within the region.
The artists will need to complete their murals by Friday, Sept. 18.
Medler says public art is crucial in some of the region's small towns like his hometown of Geneva.
“I feel like it’s important to have access to the artist,” said Medler.
On Friday, Sept. 18, Mural Fest organizers are launching the Make It Your Own Mural Fest photo contest.
Individuals are encouraged to participate by taking a photo with any of the 11 Make It Your Own Murals located throughout northeast Indiana and share the photo on Facebook or Instagram with three hashtags by Sunday, Oct. 18.
Those who participate by using the hashtags "#MakeItYourOwnNEI #NEIpride #yes" are automatically entered to win one of five prize packages totaling over $2,500 in regional prizes.