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Veterans Park wall becomes artists' palette

When River Falls Community Fund representatives presented a check to River Falls Community Arts Board (CAB) member David Markson last week, it represented more than a typical donation.

Markson will use the funds to get started on the project Art is a Part, a project that will result in a mural painted onto a wall in Veterans Park.

He said CAB has adopted a theme for 2008: Art is a Part.

To exemplify that, Markson will lead the organization's effort to produce a mural project that will involved hundreds of residents and visitors during this summer's River Falls Days celebration.

He'll design and paint on the wall a 10' x 12' panel with 168 "puzzle pieces." During River Falls Days, participants will paint the individual pieces using their own creativity and ideas.

The community mural will be created in conjunction with the River Falls Days theme for 2008: "Yippee-Ki-Yay on the Kinni."

Markson will install the puzzle pieces on the Main Street-facing wall that used to be a loading dock door at the top of the stairs in Veterans Park. He said the mural will stay in the park until summer ends then be relocated to an as-yet-undetermined permanent home.

An experienced muralist and community artist, Markson has successfully completed other projects with a similar concept. He said the RFCF's $750 will buy materials, paint and other supplies necessary to complete the work of art.

Markson said CAB, RFCF, the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and Home Appliance building owner Jack Linehan all support the project. He's applied to the Wisconsin Arts Board's Creative Communities program for a grant and will be seeking support from within the River Falls community.

Interested contributors can contact Markson at 425-7645, ext. 2109, or