Faribault Main Street is excited to be one of just 3 communities across the state of Minnesota selected to receive the Artists on Main Street grant , a partnership between the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation. Through this program, Faribault MainStreet is able to support the work of thirteen local artists on creative placemaking projects in the downtown.
These projects showcase the creativity and talent of Faribault residents and will be on display in the historic district. Congrats to the artists: Cindy Diessner, Dana Hanson, Judy Saye-Willis, Jeff Jarvis, Dee Teller and Patricia Gustafson, Christina Wagner, Dave Correll, Beth Westerhouse, JoyAnna Edge, Dee Bjork, Wanda Holmgren, Gordon Liu, and Joseph Feaster! Projects will be popping up throughout the summer and early fall, with completion by October 19. Faribault Main Street is thrilled to get to work with the arts community on this project and we hope you’ll join us in congratulating the artists and coming out to see their work! As projects and events near, we will provide updated information.
Below is a preview of each project:
1. Judy Saye-Willis: Coming Together. The Coming Together project will be bright, colorful, attention grabbing silk panels in 4- 6 open storefront windows, with the intention of drawing attention to the creative possibilities in downtown Faribault. Judy Saye-Willis is a visual artist who tries to use sustainable locally sources materials in her work. She has a natural curiosity for color, nature and the cultural bridges that bind us together. 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. Instillation is excepted mid to late August.
2. Cindy Diessner: Faces of Faribault, Downtown. Virtues as the essence of “who we are” as individuals, institutions, and a community. The Virtues Project helps us to understand these inner strengths and growth areas. The purpose of this project is to help people learn about the virtues, increase unity in the downtown area by using consultation about the virtues we see in each other. Posters will be displayed in storefront windows and doors throughout downtown that will feature a Virtues Reflection Card and the photo of a person or group of people who exude that virtue paired with their name and company. This will strengthen relationships by helping residents and visitors learn about the people who work and live downtown and the virtues. The posters will be up in early July and will rotate around downtown throughout the summer.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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. The tour should be available in time for people to enjoy it during the Blue Collar BBQ in August.
7. Dee Teller and Patricia Gustafson: Asian Brushwork Garden Party. Holding an Asian brushwork class for youth (ages 9 and up) in the 2nd Street downtown pocket garden when flowers are blooming. Dee and Pat will teach Asian brushwork techniques and talk about the history of Asian brushwork. Dee Teller is an internationally known artist who is famous for her Asian brush painting and calligraphy. Patricia Gustafson has been doing Asian Brushwork for 15 years and loves painting outside. After the class, the artwork created will be displayed at the Paradise Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be held for the art at the Paradise Center for the Arts on August 10 from 3-5pm. To sign up for the class, click here.
8. 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 of 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.
9. 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.
10. Dave Correll: Fun with Fleur-de-lis! Adding to the welcome as you enter downtown, this prject 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 will be installed on the Heartman Insurance building facing 4th St/HWY 60.
11. Wanda Holmgren: Faribault Virtues Park. Installing 10 stainless steel polished mirrors that will each have lettering engraved on them, stating various words to describe virtues such as “I am determined” and “I am trustworthy.” The phrases will be done in English, Somali, and Spanish. The lettering will be done right onto the mirrors with the intent that viewers will see and acknowledge the virtues in themselves. The park will be located along the trail between Heritage Place and the Straight River.
12. 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 will be located on the intersection of 3rd St NW and Central Ave.
13. Christina Wagner: Brewery Blooms Tap Garden. Located in a green space near F-town Brewing Co. and 10,000 Craft Distillery, this project takes inspiration from it’s surroundings. It will be a brewery inspired garden with a wooden tap handle at the top. Below that will be a yellow flowers, representing beer, flowing from a wedge shaped pallet and spillling into white flowers, representing foam. This will symbolize beer running from the tap an pay honor to Faribault’s brewing history with the Fleckenstein Brewery and today’s craft beverages.