6/2/17 – The public got the first viewing of the 15 new murals that will be painted in downtown Beaver Dam during a reveal party last night. The city is hosting the Walldogs Mural Festival starting June 28 and professional painters and artists from around the world will descend upon the community to paint murals that depict the history of the city. Beaver Dam Area Arts Association Executive Director Jessalyn Braun, who is with the Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. Mural Committee and is a Walldog herself, says the unveiling finally makes the whole project seem real while the murals themselves grasp the history of the community.
There are currently 157 Walldog artists registered from around the world. Beaver Dam-based Walldog Judy Beyer with the Mural Design Committee says the renderings are prepared by the project leader, some of whom come from as far away as Australia and Germany. Beyer says her favorite mural is a tryptict on the Cigelski building near the Highway 151 off-ramp that welcomes visitors into the city to see the murals for themselves. In addition to an auto racing theme, the Cigelski mural 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.”
A mural of brewing history will be painted on Stooges bar; the community library will feature the history of the Williams Free library; Beaver Dam Paint and Glass will salute veterans; 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. The murals can be seen on our Facebook page.