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Eldon, Iowa muralist shares details behind her recent artwork

Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 8:13 PM CDT
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ELDON, Iowa (KYOU) - On Saturday, June 12th residents gathered in the town of Eldon to celebrate the artwork at the mural dedication event.

Other activities took place like cardboard boat races, a bullfrog jumping contest, and a parade where children waited patiently to receive candy from floats riding by.

In attendance of these festivities was none other than the Muralist herself, Katlynne Underhill who says she is native to the area.

“I was born in Cedar Falls, lived in Fairfield, and then we moved here when I was seven and my parents still live here but I left when I was 18.”

Underhill says she went through five to six different designs when figuring out how the mural should look and ended up going with a designed she’s done prior.

“I did a mural for Lowden which is very similar where they wanted a vintage postcard design. I had already been speaking to Eldon about this one and once they saw the Lowden mural they asked for a similar design and we just used images from around town to fill the letters.”

She says once the idea was solidified the painting took about four weeks to complete, and with all the positive support and recent recognition received, Underhill says it’s nice but unexpected.

“It’s really great. it’s strange. It’s strange hearing from all these people that I grew up with and just haven’t been in touch with over the years.”

Not only has does she have artwork in Eldon and Lowden, but you can also find some of her pieces in Iowa City as well.

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