Contest winner paints mural in Norfolk Arts District

FILE PHOTO: A new mural by atist Nick Kuszykon on Bob's Gun Shop's wall, in April 2014 (WAVY/Nicole Livas).

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Nick Kuszyk is the artist who won a contest to turn a blank wall in Downtown Norfolk into a masterpiece, and he’s almost done.

His canvas for the mural is a five-story wall at Bob’s Gun Shop at 746 Granby Street in the Norfolk Arts District.  The 36-year-old Kuszyk has degrees in painting and sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. He submitted three entries for a contest sponsored by the Norfolk Arts District, where the grand prize was $10,000 to budget for paint, supplies and lighting for the mural.

“What a developing neighborhood needs more than anything is foot traffic. Pedestrians lead to safety, small business support, and a sense of vibe,” said Jesse Scaccia, chairman of the Public Art Committee for the Norfolk Arts District. “From an economic development perspective, $10,000 is an incredibly-intelligent small bet that could end up being a giant catalyst for the arts district.”

Kuszyk’s website features other murals with bright colors, optical patterns, and a few creatures. Kuszyk has designed and painted murals in Richmond, New York, Florida, and London.  He told, he doesn’t have a name for the mural on Bob’s wall just yet.

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