Mural Fest Day 1

Carole Bersin and others move items out of the rain Wednesday before running inside The Watermark, 209 S. Center St. Rain slowed work on the first day of the Walldogs Mural Festival.

Mural artists have arrived in Beaver Dam and along with them came rain throughout the Walldogs Mural Festival‘s first day.

But the wet weather isn’t dampening muralist’s spirits.

“You just work around it,” said Jason Nale, a mural artist from Nazareth, Pennsylvania. “And work harder tomorrow.”

Nale is working on the Swan City Park mural located on the front of The Watermark, 209 S. Center St. He added that work was slow Wednesday and periodic downpours had washed away primer on the wall, but he said there is enough there to work with going forward.

Nothing is being canceled according to event organizer Kay Appenfeldt. As of Wednesday, close to 100 artists registered for the festival with more still on the way.

Michael Clark, project lead for the church history mural — located acress the street from the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce building, 127 S. Spring St. — said that a friend, working on his mural, traced on the wall Tuesday night in an effort to get ahead of the rain.

“It could be a really hairy project in the rain,” he said.

Before the painting can begin, the muralists will project a rendering of the mural onto the wall and trace the design. The following day, the muralists begin to paint.

With more rain in the forecast, Clark said he is staying positive.

Spectators are encouraged to come and watch the artists at work throughout the festival in downtown Beaver Dam.

Beaver Dam Community Library, 311 N. Spring St., will host several events, in addition to being a mural site. Also hosting events are Dodge County Historical Society, 105 Park Ave; Anabelle’s Ice Cream Parlor, 301 Front St.; Stormy’s Music Venue, 208 Front St.; Chapel of the Archangels, 839 Madison St.; and The Watermark.

There will be live music each day of the event and Beaverland Must-Skis will perform at Tahoe Park Friday night.

Ben Rueter covers Beaver Dam, Horicon and Juneau city governments for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.