Downtown Group Outlines Mural Locations, Design Themes

5/1/17 – The locations of 15 murals in downtown Beaver Dam have been identified and the process of designing the murals is underway. The city is hosting the Walldogs Mural Festival this summer and hundreds of professional painters and artists from around the world will descend upon the community to paint murals that depict the history of Beaver Dam. Kay Appenfeldt with Downtown Beaver Dam Inc outlines the 15 buildings that will be painted during this summers ‘Decorate the Dam’ mural festival. Appenfeldt says plans include a mural of brewing history on Stooges bar; the library will have a mural showing the Williams Free library history; Beaver Dam Paint and Glass will be the salute to veterans mural; Ming’s will have Moraine Park and Dodge County Fair histories; Fast Eddies Bicycle Imperium will feature Gould Nursery; a mural featuring local science fiction writer Ray Gallun on Rasske’s Appliance; the Watermark will have two murals featuring Swan City Park and Crystal Lake Beach; the history of American National Bank will be painted inside their building; a mural depicting the history of industry in the city will be on the Boost Mobile building across from the Hotel Rogers; Cigelske Transmissions will have a banner mural with antique racing cars; The FYI building on South Spring Street will feature church and immigration history; a mural of McKinstry’s long legacy will be painted on their building; and a history of Mischler’s motorcycles will be featured on Stormy’s Bar, the former MVP’s on Front Street. John Abfall of the Volunteers Committee says that help is still needed at every level. Abfall adds that it will most likely take 50 to 100 volunteers per day to assist in all the activities. This summer’s festival runs from June 28 through July 2.