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Reinbeck mural

September 25, 2016
John Stull , Reinbeck Courier

In my travels across the state of Iowa I have noticed in many small towns, paintings or murals on the side of buildings. The murals depict many facets of life in small town Iowa and their history. I decided to see if we could incorporate the concept of historical paintings or murals in Reinbeck.

I volunteered my building, the former home of Dirks Insurance, which has a bare west wall for the project. I contacted Julie Wilkerson, our city manager and Dana Schoenbeck, administrative assistant to determine if there would be funds through the city, or grants available to help procure a muralist and to also help cover the paint cost.

The Community Foundation of NE Iowa and Snyder & Associates provided the grant money and Diamond Vogle Paints provided the base coat through a program, Paint Iowa Beautiful Foundation. I have taken many pictures of towns such as Rock Rapids, Newton, Primghar, Vinton, Dayton and Maxwell, just to name a few, as a reference for what we could put on my building. I also considered a number of older, historical pictures of Reinbeck. After collaboration with Julie and Dana, we came up with a collage of six pictures with historical significance to the city of Reinbeck. Dan Hatala, a muralist from Waverly was contracted for the project and has done a wonderful rendering of these pictures. I have contacted several other business owners in Reinbeck about parts of their buildings being painted and received a very favorable response. We are pleased the mural is being painted in conjunction with the dedication of the Bill Davis Park. We are thrilled to have provided a historical depiction of Reinbeck as people use the Bill Davis Park.

Article Photos

Pictured are John Stull, Julie Wilkerson, Dana Schoenbeck and Dan Hatala.
Photo by Jessica Larsen



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