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DCTC students help deck the halls

The walls of the Rosemount Community Center may not talk but they definitely tell stories these days. Students from Dakota County Technical College have created several art pieces for the center to tell Rosemount's tale through pictures and words.

The students, who are part of the college's advanced Photoshop class, spent the fall semester creating prints that have been carefully hung in different areas throughout the center. The prints are hung in the banquet room lobby, the main hallway, the hallway outside the park and recreation office and the park and recreation conference room.

The prints feature several facets of Rosemount life including its history, people and events. Through colorful images the students captured pieces of life in Rosemount.

"I think the people in the community will really enjoy this," said instructor Connie Larson.

The class split into four groups to create the four different projects for the center. Each project took a life of its own and the students worked hard to create professional-quality artwork, said Larson.

"Each group ran into its own challenges but each met them and the projects turned out really well," added Larson.

Outside the park and recreation office various shapes filled with colorful pictures characterize the events and seasons that make Rosemount what it is. Deacon Ales, a second year student at DCTC, led the group that put together art.

Ales said he enjoyed working on the project because he has history with the building.

"My sister and cousin both had their wedding receptions there and it's where I took firearm safety," said Ales.

To create their project, which has been mounted outside the park and recreation office in the basement of the community center, the group took pictures that the park and recreation department had and placed them on half-inch poster boards cut into various shapes including details relevant to the city such as a clover in honor of the city's Irish heritage and a snowflake in honor of winter.

In addition to being fun, Ales said the project provided the students practical experiences they wouldn't get in the classroom.

"We had to work with a client and had to be in constant contact with them," said Ales.

While each project came out well, Larson said she was especially impressed with the history piece that has been hung in the hall near the main entrance of the community center.

Maureen Geraghty-Bouchard, a member of the Rosemount Historical Society, provided the necessary information and pictures to the group. The half-inch foam boards document Rosemount's history from 1860 to 2000.

"This group took it and made it their own. I'm impressed," said Larson.

That's a big compliment coming from someone who has seen quite a few of these projects over the years. Larson's classes have completed similar projects for organizations all over the Twin Cities. Larson said they do the projects as part of the school's commitment to civic engagement.

Larson approached the city with the idea of putting some artwork up in the community center.

Park and recreation supervisor Lisa Maurer said the students went above and beyond her expectations.

"They were very professional to work with and did a wonderful job," Maurer said.

Maurer said she has already heard positive comments from the public about the additions.

The city hopes to continue to work with Larson and her students for more artwork. Maurer said they would like to get a few more pieces up in the community center and possibly some artwork in city hall.

An open house will be held for the 24 students who participated beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7.