Ad Spot

Fundraising started for new mural in the heart of Ellendale

New art to honor the city’s history

ELLENDALE — A large mural painted on the side of a cafe in Ellendale has long been a fixture in the community. Due to the paint on the old mural fading and washing away, Ellendale resident Gwen Reiss is leading an effort to raise funds to have the mural repainted with a new design. 

The mural, on the side of the Ellendale Cafe on the corner of 5th Avenue and 2nd Street, has lost most of its color and the outlines of many of the figures have started to fade. 

Reiss, owner of Two Doves Boutique across the street from the mural, said it’s time for the mural to be repainted.

“It’s going to be totally new,” Reiss said. “It will be honoring the history and the background of the city and its highlights, honoring who developed and who was the main core group that started the city.”

So far, just under $1,000 has been raised for the mural. According to Reiss, the total cost of the new mural will be about $14,000.

A large bulk of the funds is expected to be raised at the town’s Fall Harvest Festival and through donations. 

Ellendale’s Fall Harvest Festival, scheduled for the first Saturday of October, will draw in many vendors from around the area to come and sell their goods. Located all on Ellendale’s main street, the vendors pay a fee to have their stands on the road. Reiss said the funds collected from the vendors will go towards funding the mural. 

Reiss said some private donations have already been made by some businesses and individuals from in and out of the community.

“There’s a fund set up at the bank, and if they do want to donate, donate to the ‘Mural in Ellendale,’” Riess said. “It goes into the city’s account, so we didn’t have to open up a new account, but it’s designated for this mural. If they want a receipt, it’s a great tax write-off.”

The new mural is set to be painted by local artist Chandler Anderson, who is currently working on possible renditions of the mural. When the renderings are complete, they will be presented to the Ellendale City Council to be approved. Once approved by the council, the drawings will be put on display for the community to see and then vote on the one they wish to be used for the mural. 

“The highest vote-getter wins, and that’s what’s going to be painted,” Reiss said. “That way, no one person gets to decide. The majority rules. No one person will decide. The city and the surrounding area will decide.”

Reiss said there is no definite timeline for when the mural will be finished, it will depend on how fast they can get the money raised and when they can get the renderings in front of the council. 

“It just needs to be refreshed,” Reiss said. “It needs to be redone, honoring Ellendale’s history and background. I think Ellendale is up and coming, and it’s just a pretty city.”

About Tyler Julson

Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

email author More by Tyler

Cops, Courts & Fires

2 arrested for intoxicated driving and other reports

News

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

Cops, Courts & Fires

Defense expert: Floyd died from heart trouble, not restraint

Cops, Courts & Fires

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

News

Minnesota extends COVID-19 state of emergency for 13th time

Health Updates

COVID-19 update: Vaccinations slow amid Johnson and Johnson ‘pause’

News

Electric vehicle sharing company looking to bring scooters to Albert Lea

Cops, Courts & Fires

Judge refuses request to acquit Chauvin in Floyd’s death

Cops, Courts & Fires

Break-ins and other reports

News

Report: Broad missteps left Capitol Police unprepared Jan. 6

Cops, Courts & Fires

Minnesota officer will be charged in shooting of Black motorist

Health Updates

Lighting event to recognize need for more organ donations

News

Dredging project left out of House bonding bill

Health Updates

COVID-19 update: Vaccinations, hospitalizations rising across state

Health Updates

Minnesota asks providers to halt Johnson & Johnson shots

News

What will happen with the 2021 Freeborn County Fair?

Cops, Courts & Fires

Minnesota police chief, cop quit after Black driver’s death

Cops, Courts & Fires

Expert says cop was justified in pinning down Floyd

Cops, Courts & Fires

Possible identity theft reported and other reports

Education

17 inducted as honorees on Albert Lea High School Wall of Inspiration

Cops, Courts & Fires

Protest after chief says officer meant to use Taser, not gun

Health Updates

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

Health Updates

Council approves $200K loan to MercyOne

News

Worth County passes commercial wind moratorium