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NY Mills mural project nears completion

Volunteer painters work on the New York Mills Community Mural Project. Submitted photo

The Community Mural Project in New York Mills is well underway, with the first eight panels nearing completion.

Images on these 4x8-foot panels depict the NY Mills region in spring, summer and autumn, as well as the activities of maple sugaring, boating/fishing and wild ricing. The entire mural encompasses three different time periods in history.

The final mural panels are being primed and prepared; enthusiastic volunteer painters will create a winter scene depicting lumberjacks logging in a white pine forest at the turn of the century as well as a homestead with a traditional Finnish sauna.

The Community Mural Project is part of a larger "City of New York Mills" community art project that includes a free concert series, placement of sculptures by local sculptor Tim Cassidy, and benches made by Patrick Kilby. 

This activity is funded by the Lake Region Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Painting and installation of the mural is being facilitated by local artist Pam Robinson.  Fifteen other individuals ages four to 65 have donated their time and talents to the project thus far. Sugar Creek Woodworking has provided the west facing exterior wall of their facility as the mural installation site. Their building is located directly behind the New York Mills Public Library.  

The murals will be owned by the City of New York Mills.

The painting schedule for volunteers through Friday, Aug. 17 is 9 a.m. - noon and again from 4-8 p.m. each day. The final week of painting for community volunteers will be Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. - noon and 2-6 p.m. each day. All ages and levels of ability are welcome.