Painting Alaska: Local artist highlights murals that define the state

 Photo of mural of sleeping lady by Gilbert Cordova
Photo of mural of sleeping lady by Gilbert Cordova (KTUU)
Published: Dec. 14, 2018 at 3:51 PM AKST
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When you think of Alaska, most people think hiking, fishing, hunting, and bears. But what about art?

If you've ever taken a stroll in Downtown Anchorage, you’ve surely seen bright colors, curvy lines and bold statements blasted on the sides of buildings.

Below is a Google map of the three places local artist Olivia Spellicy took me during our short interview.

(Note: There are tons of murals and painting across the city, these are just three!)

Know of a spot that's missing from our map?


Spellicy is an artist in Anchorage focusing on small landscape pieces. As a full-time artist Spellicy takes in all the beauty the state has to offer and paints it with her brush.

“You know Alaska, and Anchorage specifically, is just a great place to express your art and to be inspired,” Spellicy said, “because we have the water, we have the ocean, we have lakes, and mountain ranges surrounding them.”

Spellicy goes by

on Facebook.

Back in July 2018, a

The artists, Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs, painted the mural as one of 30 the two have created during their travels across the U.S.

Above, watch a short interview video with Spellicy talking about the art in Anchorage and her thoughts on the community.

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