River Arts Alliance will hold a dedication of Phase 1 of the HBC Fence Project on Tuesday, June 28 at 4:00 P.M. The fence is located at the foot of Main Street at the entrance to Levee Park. The fence depicts a history of communications through a series of murals painted by community members and outlined by Winona artist Julia Crozier. The fence also includes a series of colorful sculptural images of waves, animals, and flowers which connect us to the Mississippi River. Finally, the work is bordered by pillars of mosaics created by Winona artist, Monta Gael May. Ibrahim Butler, Dan Grimslid, Chris Rogers, and Mary Singer also contributed their efforts in helping to design, create, and install the sculptures on the fence.
The Phase 1 will be dedicated to the memory of local artist and River Arts Alliance co-founder, Bernadette Mahfood, who hoped to inspire the community with this installation as well as to promote collaboration between local business and industry in the creation of public art. We want to thank Gary Evans and Dan Pecarina of HBC, Mike Cichanowski of Wenonah Canoe, and Fastenal for their contributions and support for this project.
This project is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.