Murals Unmasked, a downtown tour to learn more about
iconic hometown citizens and historical events, took place in downtown Stevens
Point on Saturday, April 13 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Andrea Szcepanski, a student at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point and leader of the tour, took a group of about 25 people
through the downtown area, explaining the murals along the way.
“There are 10 murals all together and still more murals
to come,” Szcepanski said.
Throughout the tour, Szcepanski talked about four of
the 10 murals, one of them was one of the first painted in 2004 on the west
wall of Van’s Floor Covering. The painting, titled “Rivermen,” depicts the
early logging days on the Wisconsin River in Stevens Point and features historical
figures like K.B. Willett, for whom the ice arena is named.
“Volunteers from the area helped the painter finish the
mural by filling in colors by number after she painted the outline and base
colors to make a huge paint-by-number,” Szcepanski said.
Kelly Meredith was the muralist who painted all but one
of the murals in downtown Stevens Point. Some she painted directly on the
buildings, and others she painted in her home and then placed on the buildings.
“Kelly Meredith painted all of them except the Cozy
Kitchen one. That one was done by Greg Luedtke, who is a local artist,”
Szcepanski said. “And then for the Rivermen mural she got help from a girl
“Paining the Town,” the mural located on the north wall
of Cozy Kitchen, represents the thousands of locals and visitors that have
enjoyed home-cooked meals at the restaurant.
Some of the other murals include “Stevens Point’s 10
Most Influential Citizens,” which is on the east side of 1140 Clark St. and
displays individuals such as Lee S. Dreyfus, Mother Mary and K.B. Willett. They
all contributed to Stevens Point somehow, and their names are on street signs,
buildings and parks.
The Market Square Mural, which is the largest mural
located on the north and west walls of Buffy’s on the square, was finished in
less than one year.
“Kelly Meredith started painting the mural in the
spring of 2006 and was finished in the fall, just in time for the Annual Polish
Thanksgiving Harvest Fest,” Szcepanski said.
Other murals include “The Old Post Office,” located on
the east wall of the new Post Office building, and a series of mini-murals
along the walkway on the east side of the library.
There are also three “Windows to the Past” murals. The
first, located on the McDonald Law office, shows five generations of the
McDonald family that has been involved in the land title business. The second
mural, located on the Point Bakery Building, depicts the opening of the Point
Bakery back in 1947. Pictured in the mural is the owner, Ted Zdrojewski, and
his two teenage daughters who worked there. The other murals is located on the
west side of Graffiti’s.
Murals Unmasked was hosted by a practicum class that
Szcepanski is taking for her Environmental Education and Interpretation minor.
She performed all of the research herself.
“We have to put on two programs each semester, one that
you chose and one that they give you,” Szcepanski said. “This one I was
assigned, so I was a little nervous at first, but once I got all of the
research and things done, it was really interesting to learn all the little