Local Company Gives Teen Artists a Chance to Shine
Devon Oppegard, AKA, Moldy Fox is in the process of creating a master piece. He says, he knew at a young age he had a gift.
"I drew a little pumpkin randomly, my mom said it was awesome so I believed her," Oppegard said.
That was second grade and ever since Oppegard has developed his love for art. Right now he's a junior at Armstrong high school. A chance meeting with Joel Baardseth opened the door for him to become a professional artist. Oppegard was surprised he was chosen from a classroom full of artisans.
"They have way better art and you want me, really?" Oppegard said.
Really! Baardseth works for Bobiam Artistic Streetwear Company in Uptown. They feature youth artists only, as young as five years-old, and as old as eighteen. right Now they have 30 teenage artists from as far away as Chicago submitting work.
"Sometimes the artwork doesn't translate on apparel, but we got mugs, we have cell phone covers, we have canvasses," Baardseth said.
Oppegard has several pieces of his work on t-shirts and sweat shirts. each artist receives a portion of the profits. His mom beams with pride.
"Oh yeah, it's just gratifying just to see him develop," Kayleen Oppegard said.
He says, each and every piece of work has a name. For this creation it is called. . .
"A random guy who really likes pastries and music," Oppegard said.
Only an artist could come up with that one.