If you've driven west on o street in downtown Lincoln in the past 6 months, you've no doubt seen it. Karen Kunc has created a brightly colored mural that serves as a backdrop along the new Antelope Valley Parkway, "I think it moves from the earth and water all the way to the cosmic realm," exclaims Karen.
The 125-foot long mural gets peoples attention, "I think it enters into the landscape of what's happening already in the Antelope Valley Parkway with the bike paths."
Karen has been an artist for as long as she can remember, "Even before kindergarten."
Over the years, Karen has been guilty of wanderlust, "Needing to go, see lots of things, experience and have artist residencies, I've taught everywhere."
But she's now done with that phase of life and at 61 years of age, she has spent about a million dollars transforming this 100 year old building at 21st and O into a destination for artists, "My dream for Constellation Studios has been incubating for many years. I've always fantasized about what it would be like to have a more visible studio in town and alleviate some of my other issues because I've been a commuter all these years."
After many years of working in isolation in her home studio near Syracuse, Karen is ready for a change, "Now i think I'm ready to have people helping me, learning from me in a different way."
Karen is excited about sharing her art with people from all around the globe, "I know people all over the world and they're interested in what I'm doing so I'll bring them here instead of me traveling there. I'm envious of these other great centers and I think Lincoln needs this as well."