Work Begins on Manchester’s Downtown Mural Project

You may have noticed some artwork popping up in downtown Manchester… A mural is being created on the north side of the Roses in the Snow building at the four-main intersection. Community leaders wanted to improve the corner’s appearance and leave an impression on visitors, so they’ve hired an artist to create a mural to depict Manchester’s brand of “Family. Community. Opportunity.” Manchester Chamber Director Jack Klaus says three of the four panels on the side of the building will be used for the mural, with one of the panels belonging to Roses in the Snow.

The artist creating the mural is Carl Homstad, who is from the Decorah area. He started painting earlier this week. Committee member Wes Schulte says his work will be a combination of the ideas that were submitted to them by the public over the past several months.

The project is expected to cost between 15- to 20-thousand dollars. The committee hopes grants will cover a majority of the costs, though donations would be appreciated. Work on the mural is expected to wrap up sometime next week. (Photos by News Director Janelle Tucker)