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Area Artists and Others Sought for Collaborative Mural

MARCH 20, 2006--The St. Croix Valley community as well as faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a mural collaboration that will commemorate regional themes for the inauguration of Chancellor Don Betz at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Coordinated by UW-RF art Professor Lynn Jermal, the workshops will be in Room 120 of South Hall. Workshop dates are March 28, 8-9:30 a.m.; March 29, 5:30-7 p.m.; March 30, 7-8:30 p.m.; April 4,1-4 p.m.; (students only); and April 5, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The completed mural will consist of three canvas mandalas that will be a collage of individual squares. Participants will draw using either acrylic paint, permanent markers or paint markers within a circle on a five-inch-square canvas. Images can be from painting or drawing in a spontaneous way, in a step-by-step manner, or with ideas and images from personal reflection or planning. Experience is not necessary to become involved in the project.

The themes to be expressed are globalization, inclusiveness and service in the St. Croix Valley and can be reflected by individuals or by groups of participants.

The workshops will help lead participants in the process of creating an individual mandala. Mandala is Sanskrit for "whole world" or "healing circle," representing the universe and its contents. Throughout history and in many cultures from ancient Rome and Greece to Native American and Tibetan, circles have suggested wholeness, self, unity, completion and eternity.

The circles can depict scenes from everyday life or symbols, designs or objects from the world of nature. The workshops will offer prompts to help participants to think about the mural themes, but people are invited to bring ideas, resources and designs with them to incorporate into their work.

This project was conceived as a way to allow people in the university and regional communities to collaboratively create a visual artwork and to communicate their feelings and visions as they relate to one of the themes. It also provides an opportunity for both individual and group creative endeavors to come together as a gift to the community. In addition, participants will experience a satisfaction in adding to campus inauguration celebration in a tangible way.

Completed mandalas will be assembled into final forms on April 10 and 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. on display during inauguration week, April 24-27.

For more information about the inauguration mural, contact Lynn Jermal at 715-425-3375.


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