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Art meets the realities of life


October 25, 2019

Jana Peterson

Artist Karen Savage-Blue and Joe Kitto work to fasten a mural depicting the seven clans painted on parachute cloth by Savage-Blue to the side of the Fond du Lac Head Start building Sunday. Savage-Blue said they started prepping the space on Thursday and spent most of Saturday and Sunday putting the mural up.

In a bit of fortuitous timing, the Fond du Lac Head Start building got the gift of communal art right after it was the center of a dramatic shooting incident last week.

Artist Karen Savage-Blue had been painting the mural on parachute cloth in her studio on Big Lake for three months. She'd been working to get a grant (from the McKnight Foundation) and approval from the Fond du Lac tribal council for months before that. Looking at the weather forecast, she knew the mural needed to go up this past weekend or it might not happen until next spring, as the adhesive requires moderate temperatures...

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