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This Adams Swanson mural was recently installed on the east wall of the Aurora Public Library. Submitted photos.

AURORA – The Aurora Public Library welcomes two new public works of art: a mural by Cloquet artist Adam Swanson and a photo by Aurora photographer Carol Bowman. The mural is on the east wall of the library and the photo hangs on the front door of the library.

Both pieces reflect in a creative way and invite the viewer to contemplate the natural beauty of our region, and both were created through the Arrowhead Library System’s Public Art Project. The mural was funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and the Aurora Friends of the Library purchased the photo for the library.

The Aurora Friends of the Library and the Aurora Public Library are holding a celebration of the new works of art in public space on Saturday, July 3, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Aurora Public Library.


The Minnesota Arts and Heritage Fund (or “Legacy”) was created following a November 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment to use a portion of state sales tax on six specific areas, including Minnesota arts and heritage. A portion of this fund will be distributed to the Minnesota regional library systems to provide programs and services related to Minnesota’s art, culture, literature, and history.

The photographer Carol Bowman stands with her photo

The photographer Carol Bowman stands with her photo “Serenity”, which hangs in the Aurora Public Library next to the front door.

If you’ve enjoyed a concert, writer visit, writing workshop, history program, craft workshop, or craft kit from your local public library, you may have benefited from this grant.

With COVID-19 restricting public gatherings, the Arrowhead Library System mainly focused on public art while continuing to offer online programs and workshops, as well as take-and-make projects, in 2020-21. According to regional librarian Mollie Stanford, the Arrowhead Library System’s public art project “promotes the talent of local artists and provides ongoing artistic reflection on the attributes of each community to inspire and delight all.”

The artist Adam Swanson is preparing to hang up the next blackboard.

The artist Adam Swanson is preparing to hang up the next blackboard.


• November 2020: Aurora Public Library
Board votes for public participation
Library Arts Project and appoints a core
Project committee or
• January 2021: Aurora Public Library
is looking for artists via a qualification application. • February 2021: Aurora Public Library
Public Art Committee examines requests

for qualification and interview finalists.
• March 2021: Arrowhead Library System, recommended by Aurora
Public library, commissioned Adam
Swanson for about 50-by-7
Foot mural on the eastern outer wall of
the Aurora City Library.
• April 2021: artist Adam Swanson
works with the Aurora Public Library
Public Art Committee to create and
Customize a design concept image.
• May 2021: Aurora Friends of the
Library votes to purchase a. finance
Photo by Carol Bowman (another qualified artist) to place inside
the Aurora City Library. The aurora
Public Art Committee of the Public Library
select a photo and it will be ordered.
• May – beginning of June 2021: Adam paints a
his studio.
• First week of June: City of Aurora
Public utility high-pressure cleaner

the wall and Adam Swanson prepares it.
• June 14, 2021: artist Adam Swanson,
with the support of library staff and
Volunteers, installed the mural on the eastern outer wall of the Aurora Public Library.
• June 21, 2021: City of Aurora public
Factory department drills holes in the
Brick and Carol Bowman’s photo
will be on the wall inside the aurora. appropriate
The front door of the public library.
• July 3, 2021: The Aurora Friends of
Library and Aurora Public Library
will host a celebration of the new pieces
public art.

Artists and their creations

Adam Swanson is passionate about creating site-specific art in public spaces. After studying art at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he made the first of several work trips for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. His work there increased his interest in how we connect with our natural world, a question that he asks and reflects in his pictures. Now his home is in northern Minnesota, where he creates art.

Adam painted the wall picture of the library in his studio with acrylic paint on 10 primed Polytab plates (also known as “parachute cloth”). He used his longstanding interest in photography and film to create a concept design comprised of a composition of photographs, cleverly incorporating elements suggested by library visitors during an informal survey and based on feedback from the Aurora Public Art Committee Public Library responds.

When the panels were ready, he worked with library staff to watch the forecast and set an appointment for the mural to be installed. Adam compares the installation process to hanging up wallpaper. After Adam primed the wall and let it dry for a few days, I helped the mother-daughter volunteer team Angie Larson and Ella Larson lightly coat parts of the wall with gel medium, roll off and place the panels, and massage the panels to make them smooth and firm were.

After the glue set, volunteer Jan Urick, City of Aurora employee Stefanie Dickinson, Kimberly Berens, Lindsey Luke and former City of Aurora employee Karin Krueger stepped into action and helped Adam glue the edges to the wall and the seams to mend. The last step was two coats of weatherproof varnish to seal the mural and protect it from the elements.

Aurora Mayor Doug Gregor said of the mural, “The library mural is a very welcome and vibrant addition to our downtown area – hopefully the first of many public art objects across the city. Congratulations to your library team and Adam Swanson for the great contribution they have made to the community. “

For more information about Adam and his art, please visit www.adamswanson.com.

Carol Bowman, who grew up on a small hobby farm, now lives in rural Aurora. Her career, delivering mostly rural mail for the United States Postal Service, gave her many insights into the beauty of nature. Now that she’s retired, Carol is passionate about using her camera to share her love for the outdoors by capturing images so that people can see details and perspective.

Carol took the picture now in the Aurora Public Library as she pulled into the train tunnel on one of her many kayak paddles on Embarrass Lake. She says, “When I came in, it was such a peaceful and beautiful scene. I call this photo ‘Serenity’. ”She took the photo with her Canon SX50, the simplicity of which she loves. The photo in the Aurora Public Library is an aluminum print. This format provides a sharp, easy-to-clean image that is both lightweight and fade resistant.

For more information about Carol and her art, visit carol-bowman-photography. quadrat.site.

In response to both works of art, Thea Riebel, President of the Aurora Public Library Board, said: “Each of these wonderful works of art is a delight for the eye and for the heart and is reminiscent of the pulsating beauty and idyllic tranquility that our northern ones

Minnesota setting offers. We are very happy that you are part of our community! “

The library also has a copy of Carol’s book in circulation Submerged. It is part of the “Celebrate Minnesota’s Authors” story time bag, which contains four other books by Minnesota authors, the music CD by Hans Meyer Stupid biz, a stuffed loon, a matching game, and a toy tool set that can be used with one of the books in the bag for imaginative play. Arrowhead Library System cardholders can borrow the kit for four weeks.

Celebration details

The Aurora Public Library and Aurora Friends of the Library are hosting a New Artwork Celebration at the Aurora Public Library on Saturday, July 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to see the pieces, meet the artists, and enjoy a free ice cream or iced treat (while supplies last). The library will also offer take-away craft kits for children (one kit per child while supplies last).

Other Celebrate Aurora events on July 3 include a quilt and craft show (Aurora Hive Coffee and Bakehouse), a medallion hunt, a children’s sawdust heap, an ALS beanbag tournament (Aurora American Legion), the Eino & Terry Koivisto Car Show (Main.). Street), the Kiddie & Patriotic Parade (5.30pm), children’s races (following the parade) and fireworks (10pm).

Return to Aurora on Sunday, July 4th at 4pm to enjoy the festive fourth concert of the Northern Lights Music Festival, directed and with by Gavriel Heine West Side Story and opera arias (Veda Zuponcic Auditorium at Mesabi East High School).

Down the street

Keep Aurora on your radar – the Caring for the Kids community is working to open a splash pad in Pine Grove Park. Other park facilities include a disc golf course, playground, picnic hut, hiking trails, ball court and seasonal ice rink.

Paula Chapman is a librarian at the Aurora Public Library.

Aurora Public Library Public Art Celebration

• Saturday, July 3rd, from 2pm to 4pm

• 14 W. 2nd Ave N., Aurora

• Meet the artists

• Enjoy free ice cream

• Take away craft kits for children

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