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Rosemount arts council, library partner on gratitude wall

ROSEMOUNT — Residents will soon have The Gratitude Wall to share sentiments about thankfulness.

Rosemount Area Arts Council and Friends of Robert Trail Library in Rosemount will team up on the community art project that will become a painting atop a pegboard with about 2,400 quarter-inch holes.

"We are searching for a local artist to come up with a design using 12 to 15 different colors," said John Loch, member of RAAC. "There is preconceived idea of what this painting will look like, but we are hopeful a number of artists will choose to submit a concept painting and the committee will choose which one to use."

Loch said the community will be invited to participate by sharing words about what they are thankful or grateful about in Rosemount. The messages will be written on one sheet which will be rolled up and inserted into a hole of the pegboard painting.

"The other sheet will be placed into a sealed box with a slit at the top and no names will be written on either of these sheets," Loch said. "After all the holes are filled, the box will be opened and the gratitude sentiments will be recorded."

The group will create a document to list all that community members are thankful for. The unit holding the painted pegboard and paper slips will be constructed so the paper will extend out of the hole and these slips will not be removed.

The first RAAC and library community art project was the creation of a mural with wooden tiles that now hangs in the Robert Trail Library.

Interested artists can contact Loch at jjloch@charter.net or call 952-255-8545.

The group will host a meeting open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the small conference room at Robert Trail Library. The pegboard unit and project colors will be onsite for viewing, along with additional information.

"Our plan is to display the finished framed piece of art for several months at different locations around Rosemount before it is permanently displayed," Loch said.