An illustrator by trade, Pierce talks about the struggles and surprises of painting her first mural, which will be on display when 934 Fest kicks off this weekend

Ashley Pierce didn’t know she was afraid of heights until she had to paint the moon.

Precariously perched atop a 25-foot ladder leaning against a building at 934 Gallery in August, Pierce was forced to embrace this new reality as she painted the giant orb that serves as the centering peak of a massive, multicolored mural the artist is in the midst of completing on a wall facing Cleveland Avenue.

“I was like, ‘Once the moon is done, I’m not going back up there,’” Pierce said on a recent early September evening, where work on the mural

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