october, 2019

wed16octAll Dayfri18Community Mural Painting in Lanesboro!(All Day) Lanesboro Arts, 103 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro MN 55949Age:All agesCost:Free/Small Donation

Event Details

Lanesboro Arts and Commonweal Theatre Company invite community
members of all ages to participate in the creation process of a
large-scale Theatre District Mural to be installed on the south wall of
the building at 204 Parkway Ave. N. in downtown Lanesboro. Community
paint sessions are taking place on Wednesday, October 16 and Friday,
October 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Thursday, October 17
from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals or groups interested in participating
are welcome to drop in during those times or contact Kara Maloney of
Lanesboro Arts or Stela Burdt of Commonweal Theatre to schedule a shift
to help paint the mural.

The mural’s design will be painted onto
parachute cloth, a canvas-like material, inside the building at 115
Parkway Ave. N. in Lanesboro Oct. 16 – 18. Then, from Oct. 19 – 23, the
painted cloth will be installed at its final location adjacent to the
St. Mane Theatre and Commonweal Theatre in a manner similar to applying
wallpaper. Lanesboro is a unique rural community, in that it is home to
two active theatres on its main street. Designed by artist Erik Pearson,
with community input and ideas from a May 2019 brainstorming meeting,
the Theatre District Mural celebrates the performing arts and highlights
both theatres, but also honors and reflects the Lanesboro community’s
rich heritage and traditions.

“Community is public art’s raw
material,” shares Lanesboro Arts Co-Director Adam Wiltgen. “We are
thrilled to be partnering with an artist like Erik Pearson who has
experience bringing a community’s vision and ideas to life through an
engaging design and painting process.”

During the brainstorming
meeting, community stakeholders drew pictures of ideas for the mural, as
well as wrote key aspects that they wanted represented in the design.
Common themes were that people wanted the history of Lanesboro
represented honoring nature, agriculture, townspeople, cultural and
generational diversity, and more. Participants voiced opinions for the
design to be bright, welcoming, inspiring, and colorful. The design
Pearson created includes both fictional and real people from Lanesboro
based off research and historical photos.

“A supportive community
is what makes theatre and the arts possible. It is very fitting that
Pearson’s design focuses on the audience and that the creation process
is open and accessible to all,” says Hal Cropp, Executive Director of
Commonweal Theatre.

Lanesboro Arts and Commonweal Theatre’s goals
for the mural are to encourage walkability to the north side of Parkway
Avenue, contribute to a sense of community pride and strengthen
collaborative efforts to beautify the community. The Theatre District
Mural will be the seventh community-engaged, public art project in
Lanesboro, following the 2001/2011 Bronze Medallion Tour, 2005
Commonweal Construction Wall Mural, 2014 Lanesboro Library Mural, 2014
Haiku Poetry Parking Lot, 2017 “Colors of Bluff Country” Mural on the
back of the St. Mane Theatre, and the 2017 mosaic mural on the side of
Pedal Pushers Cafe.

Pearson believes public art is more accessible
to all –including those who perhaps wouldn’t go to a gallery or theater.
Pearson shares his excitement, “When art is everywhere, it changes the
meaning and feeling of the downtown area and makes people explore more.”

In
2001, as the first Artist in Residence at Lanesboro Arts, Erik Pearson
taught a community drawing class, gave art presentations in the
Lanesboro Schools and worked on a series of paintings. Pearson was
invited back to Lanesboro in 2005 to create a 56-foot-long, 12-foot-high
mural — his first — on a safety wall surrounding the construction area
of the Commonweal Theatre. Currently, Pearson works full time as an
established artist in Saint Paul, MN.

Lanesboro Arts and
Commonweal Theatre are supported in this project through a “Paint the
Town” grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in
partnership with Ace Hardware, who will supply 29 gallons of paint for
the mural.

For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org, call
507-467-2446 or email kara@lanesboroarts.org. The community painting
sessions are handicapped accessible and are located at 115 Parkway
Avenue North, formerly Lulu’s Funhouse, in downtown Lanesboro.

Time

october 16 (Wednesday) - 18 (Friday)

Location

Lanesboro Arts

103 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro MN 55949

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