Muralist Caleb Aronhalt brings ‘minions’ to surprising places September 14th, 2020 Reporting and writing by Zaïré Talon Daniels Public artwork has historically been understood as a way for humans to beautify and place value on the landscapes around us. Art helps the community remember the past and build a launch point to the future. Graffiti, on the other hand, is typically associated with vandalism and urban decay. Local artist Caleb Aronhalt has a different opinion. Read more: ‘God’s doors are open to all’ at First Congregational Church Aronhalt was commissioned by Summit Metro Parks to paint a mural on its walking path that is located at the underpass of Kenmore Boulevard and the Towpath beside Summit Lake. Although the Towpath’s bridge across Summit Lake is widely beloved, the underpass is, well, an underpass. Aronhalt is not new to this task — he has worked on several other murals in the city, following a unique motif of characterized creatures he calls his “minions.” Photos: Andy Harris “Painting murals is one of those hobbies that makes me feel alive,” Aronhalt says. Aronhalt got his start in the arts at Firestone High School under the leadership of his teacher James Dauphin. “He pushed me and allowed me the freedom to experiment and grow with my art,” Aronhalt says. Aronhalt has worked with mixed media, screen printing and spray paint. “[Graffiti] and cartoons have been a huge inspiration for me,” says Aronhalt. “There’s a huge difference between vandalism and graffiti. Putting art in public rejuvenates the community. Bright colors bring people, and art on walls is better than ad space.” Photo: Caleb Aronhalt Aronhalt’s 27-figure mural made its debut on Monday, August 31 and below is a list of other murals he’s worked on in the city. The North and South corner of Kenmore Blvd and 15th StreetArt on the right side of Kenmore Automotive. 1554 Kenmore Blvd, Akron, OH 44314 You can find more of Caleb Aronhalts’ work on Instagram @caleb_aronhalt_art . Tell your friends:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.