Mural Mania: Get Outside And Enjoy Some Art!
If you are looking for a free, fun activity to enjoy with your family, take a step outside and delve into the rich history of the area with the fascinating works of art and architecture unique to downtown Algoma by taking in the self-guided Historic Algoma Walking Tour that includes the Walldog murals.
In June of 2007, Walldog artists (an International group of mural painters who pledge their time as “keepers of the craft”) converged on Algoma to create and recreate historic representations of mural advertisements reflective of businesses, products, activities, and people from throughout Algoma’s history. The murals that capture the essence of yesteryear include Kodan Feed Store, Reinhart Bros Shoes, Ahnapee & Western Railroad, as well as Algoma’s commercial fishing industry. Many community members also took part in the painting of the murals.
Over time some of these murals are showing some wear and tear due to the elements, but Algoma is lucky to have two muralists in its midst: Erin LaBonte and Don Krumpos, owners of Yonder art gallery! In early June 2020, LaBonte gave the Hennemann’s Cream House mural a facelift. Located on the 3rd Street side of Steele Street Trading Co. & Gallery, the mural now looks brand new! Plans are in the works for a new mural on Algoma’s commemorative fence located on 4th St.
Later in June 2020, LaBonte and Krumpos collaborated on the design for a mural in Manitowoc as a tribute to Ruth West. Learn more about the Ruth West mural here.
With many galleries remaining closed or limiting hours during the pandemic, this is the perfect time to get outdoors and get your fill of art. The July 2020 edition of Fox Cities Magazine: Worth The Drive features an article about Outdoor Art and makes mention of the Algoma murals. You can view the online edition here. The Outdoor Art article appears on pages 38-39.
The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau has a mural guide on its website that also features Algoma’s murals along with other great pieces of outdoor art in the Green Bay Area. Check out the Green Bay Mural Guide here. In addition to the historic murals, you can find murals on Robert Ray Gallery and James May Gallery.
You can pick up a copy of the Algoma Historic Walking tour brochure and the Friendly Algoma Visitors Guide with a list of the murals at the Algoma Visitor Center or download the Algoma Historic Walking Tour brochure here.