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Artist Dan Hatala commissioned to create mural in Bill Davis Park

September 4, 2016
Jessica Larsen - Managing Editor , Reinbeck Courier

If you've been to Reinbeck lately, you may have noticed the mural being painted on the wall of the Inspired Financial Services building and inside the Bill Davis park. Artist Dan Hatala from Waverly has been coming to town almost every day (weather permitting) to work on the mural. The piece is commissioned by the City of Reinbeck from grants, donations and city matching. The city received primer paint for the 12' by 48" wall from a grant project called Paint Iowa Beautiful. The purpose of the grant is to keep up the appearance of buildings and facilities in viable communities. Well maintained and painted buildings reflect pride in our communities. The program is administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful with the paint provided by the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.

"Governor Branstad signed a proclamation to designate April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month and we are pleased to do our part by awarding paint to 81 community projects in Iowa," said Doug Vogel, Vice-President, Trade Marketing, of the Iowa- based company. "The partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful allows Diamond Vogel Paint to assist and work with the many local volunteers that help build stronger Iowa communities."

Gerald Schnepf, executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful added, "The Paint Iowa Beautiful program helps us increase our assistance to neighborhoods, communities, historic projects and other public service organizations in improving the attractiveness and beauty of our home areas. These projects definitely improve the beauty of Iowa, its countryside and its communities."

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Artist Dan Hatala’s sketch of his plans for the mural at the Bill Davis Park located in Reinbeck on Main St.
Photo by Dan Hatala

In the 13-year partnership with KIB, Diamond Vogel has provided over 8,260 gallons of paint for 585 Iowa community projects.

Artist Dan Hatala entered the City of Reinbeck's contest for a call of entries and was selected to complete the project in time for the annual Reinbeck Art Festival to be held on Saturday, September 24. The mural will depict six to seven historial photos of Reinbeck. Hatala says, "The city gave me the elements and it's up to me to compose something and fit it in the space." Hatala is a native Iowan and has spent his entire working career as an artist. He studied commercial art at Hawkeye Tech now Hawkeye Community College and began working as an Art Director and later became a Senior Illustrator for Hellman and Associates. Hatala then became a freelance artist and began working from his home in Waverly.

Hatala says that he is using outdoor acrylic paint for this project and that it should last 12 to 15 years and then possibly need to be touched up. "I really enjoy doing this kind of work," says Hatala.

About Diamond Vogel Paint

Diamond Vogel is an Iowa based, family owned company started in 1926 by Andrew Vogel. It serves 13 states with seven manufacturing facilities and over 65 service center outlets providing Architectural Finishes, Industrial and Original Equipment Finishes and Home Decorating Products.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowan's to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. Please check out our web page at



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