2010-07-21 / Front Page

Camden mural painted by college student

By Jennifer Archibald
Staff writer

Nikki Brubaker, pictured, painted this mural inside the Camden Health Center. It represents her conception of the Camden area. Comet photo by Jennifer Archibald Nikki Brubaker, pictured, painted this mural inside the Camden Health Center. It represents her conception of the Camden area. Comet photo by Jennifer Archibald Camden has its own interpretive mural, inside the Camden Health Center.

Nurse practitioner Linda Stapleton said she has asked local patients to give her decorating ideas since Logansport Memorial opened the clinic last September.

“The patients wanted a mural,” she said.

Stapleton chose for the mural to be about Camden, and preferably to be painted by an area resident who is a young, new artist. She found such a person in college student Nikki Brubaker. Stapleton commissioned her to paint the mural as her interpretation of Camden.

Nikki said her research for the mural included talking with area residents, going to the Camden library, and taking photos around the area.

She said she wanted to paint something that would relate to a broad audience and would represent Camden without being a specific place.

“Everyone can relate to a farm,” she said.

She completed the mural this month, after spending a total of 24 and a half hours on it.

As she was painting on a wall in the waiting area, she said people who came in talked to her about the project.

“They were very helpful,” she said.

As the painting took shape, people said they recognized the one tree and the tree line. But they didn’t remember a red barn at the top of the hill.

Nikki said the barn she painted is not a specific barn, but represents the style of many area barns. She also painted animals that are commonly seen in the area – pigs, cows, horses, and geese.

As a tribute to Camden’s history, she added the old Camden water tower.

“I was in elementary school (at Camden) when it was torn down,” she said.

Nikki is the daughter of Blaine and Brenda Brubaker. She said she consulted her dad about details on the barn and on the water tower.

This is her second mural. She previously painted one for a family member.

In August, Nikki will begin her sophomore year at Indiana University Kokomo. She is majoring in fine arts. She said she has been painting and drawing since her freshman year at Delphi Community High School, when she was a student of art teacher Judi Brummett.

Her goal is to someday open an art-related business in Carroll County and give art lessons to children.

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