6/28/17 – Years in the making, the Decorate the Dam Walldogs Mural Festival begins today. Fifteen (15) new murals will be painted in downtown Beaver Dam over the next several days as professional painters and artists from around the world descend upon the community to paint images depicting the history of the city. Nancy Bennett of Centerville, Iowa started the mural festival tradition in 1993. She says public art transforms a town because it tells a community’s story and while artists come from far and wide to experience the festival, the community is the other half of the event. Bennett says each community they have worked in has a story to tell. She says Beaver Dam tells a lot of stories from its unusual amount of industry to Swan Park to the dam itself. Beaver Dam Paint and Glass will be the site of the salute to veteran’s mural which Bennett says is one of the best murals the group has ever designed. A mural of brewing history will be painted on Stooges bar; the community library will feature a triangular mural at its roof peak that looks like a large book shelf; Ming’s will have Moraine Park and Dodge County Fair histories; Fast Eddies Bicycle Imperium will feature Gould Nursery; local science fiction writer Ray Gallun will be painted on Rasske’s Appliance; the Watermark will feature 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 across from the Hotel Rogers; 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. In addition to an auto racing theme, the mural on Cigelski’s will feature Hollywood movie star and Beaver Dam-native Fred MacMurray who will be seen in the “Flubber car” from the Disney movie “The Nutty Professor.” There are 177 Walldog artists registered from around the world and those local artists interested in helping out are asked to register through the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce.