The Artists on Mainstreet grant was a new effort from the Faribault Main Street program this summer and fall. Working with 13 artists, the projects funded have added fun, color, and intrigue to downtown Faribault. Check out all of the great projects here!
- Dave Correll: Fun with Fleur-de-lis! Adding to the welcome as you enter downtown, this project will celebrate Faribault’s French heritage and town symbol and branding icon, the fleur-de-lis (flower of the lily). Comprised of 4 square panels grouped together, each with a differently designed and painted fleur-de-lis, this project is installed on the Heartman Insurance building facing 4th St/HWY 60.
- Joseph Feaster: Faribault’s Natural Neighbors. Adding color and imagery to an area with ample foot traffic, the subject matter was selected to promote awareness and appreciation for the natural environment in our region. This semi-permanent project will be done on panels and feature a collection of murals depicting native plants and animals. This project is located on the intersection of 3rd St NW and Central Ave.
- Gordon Liu: Passport Project. Housed in the Faribault Diversity Coalition, the Passport Project will be a mini cultural museum in the storefront display. It will be interactive with an opportunity for community members to engage and explore various cultures. Diversity develops culture, expands horizons and fosters innovation. The Faribault Diversity Coalition’s role is to help bridge these cultural divides to foster better understanding, and in-turn, community well-being. The display will feature various cultures and will touch on 12 categories of information including country basics, geography, history, language, food, music, literature and more. Additional information will be available inside the Faribault Diversity Coalition. The first display will be up in early July and a new country or culture will be feature every two weeks.
- Jeff Jarvis: The History Art Tour. This project aims to improve and strengthen the importance of Faribault’s downtown by illuminating it’s history through depictions of art, sculpture, statuary, and architecture in and around the National Register Historic District. The project will have three components: a walking tour tri-fold brochure, a slideshow presentation, and the information will also be available in digital format. The aim of artist Jeff Jarvis is to use traditional media and digital technology to illuminate the rich pockets of history in Faribault to residents and visitors and spur appreciation. By increasing visibility and knowledge of the abundant beauty of our downtown and the many art forms existing within. This tour was provided Oct 13.
- Wanda Holmgren created Faribault Virtues Trail. Featuring 10 stainless steel polished mirrors that each have lettering engraved on them, stating various words to describe virtues such as “I am determined” and “I am trustworthy.” The phrases are in English, Somali, and Spanish. The park is located along the trail between Heritage Place and the Straight River.
- Judy Saye-Willis created Coming Together featuring bright, colorful, attention grabbing silk panels storefront windows with the intention of drawing attention to the creative possibilities in downtown Faribault. Coming Together is an installation that promotes a contagious energy. The instillation will reinforce visual culture, excitement, and creative energy for the potential of Faribault Main Street and the Community. The first part of the instillation is currently up at 329 Central Ave N, formerly Kay’s Floral.
- Dana Hanson: Resilient Roots. Creating a colorful illustration with mixed media of the historical family tree of Faribault’s past, present, and future to show Faribault’s Family Tree is rooted in resilience, grown in hope, and producing leaves of diversity. Alexander Faribault, Bishop Whipple and Taope will be the roots, with landmarks and more history creating the trunk, with current landmarks, events, and cultures at the top of the tree. The Tree of Faribault will represent its history and culture. It is currently on displayed at State Bank of Faribault.
- Christina Wagner created the Brewery Blooms Tap Garden. Located in a green space near F-town Brewing Co. and 10,000 Craft Distillery, this project is a brewery inspired garden with a wooden tap handle at the top. Below that are yellow flowers, representing beer, spilling into white flowers, representing foam. This pays honor to Faribault’s brewing history with the Fleckenstein Brewery and today’s craft beverages.
- Cindy Diessner created Faces of Faribault. This is a series of posters highlighting 90 downtown businesses and a corresponding virtue. The purpose of this project is to help people learn about the virtues. This will strengthen relationships by helping residents and visitors learn about the people who work and live downtown and the virtues. Posters are currently up throughout downtown for viewing.
- Dee Teller and Patricia Gustafson hosted an Asian Brushwork Garden Party. Held in Central Park on a sunny day, youth were able to take an Asian brushwork class. Dee and Pat taught Asian brushwork techniques and talked about the history of Asian brushwork. The artwork created during the class was displayed at the Paradise Center for the Arts for the month of August.
Still to come:
- JoyAnna Edge: Perceptions of Faribault, a Photographic Odyssey. Creating a collection of pictures documenting downtown Faribault and how it’s citizen live, work and interact. JoyAnna Edge has produced work in oils, acrylic, textiles, and three- dimensional collage, but is excited to do more photography. Her collection will be showcased in the hallway between Buckham Memorial Library and the Faribault Community Center, with an artist reception on October 18.
- Beth Westerhouse: Full Metal Flowers. Located in the 2nd Street pocket garden, this project will artfully enhance the greenspace, encouraging a place to gather at and enjoy. It helps to beautify the area for all the community members and visitors. This project would be the installation of painted metal flowers mounted on garden poles, using ‘found’ metal like metal trays and bowls which will be painted in a variety of colors and stacked to create flower pieces.
- Dee Bjork: Renegade Gardeners Strike Again. Having previously leaned up the underutilized property and bringing it to life with plants, a bench, and a concrete pad, the work continues at the 2nd St Pocket Garden for the Renegade Gardeners. This project will involve the installation of permanent fencing to block the view of a utility box and a dumpster while still allowing access to them. The fence surface will be painted to blend with the garden story and the garden itself by showcasing a beautiful floral depiction.