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REGATTA: Mural to take shape this week

A proposed concept for the mural that will be created this week on the VFW building.

WORTHINGTON — The fleeting nature of chalk art couldn’t have been more obvious than at last year’s Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival.

Artist Shawn McCann spent all day Friday creating his image of the festival — a dimensional image featuring windsurfers, waves and musicians — only to have his work wiped out by a steady downpour of rain the next day.

“I didn’t get to finish,” he lamented. “I had a good start on Friday, so at least people knew what it was and it wasn’t a confusing mess of lines.”

Despite that disappointment and how the weather wreaked havoc on most of the Saturday festivities, McCann stuck around and managed to enjoy what the festival had to offer.

“I really enjoyed the bands you had, the wonderful things you have there,” he commented. “It’s a great community.”

McCann returns to Worthington this week with the hope of leaving a more lasting impression with his artwork. As part of a large grant that is funding the return of five artisans for this year’s Regatta, McCann will create a permanent art installation on the side of the Worthington Veterans of Foreign Wars building, 1117 Second Ave.

McCann, a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary artist whose work includes street painting, murals, fine art, children’s books, installation art, temporary and permanent art and commercial illustration.

“I kind of got into street art by accident,” he said. “Someone saw a painting of mine and asked if I could re-create it on the sidewalk. That was about nine years ago. I kept at it and started to work into the 3-D, and I’ve gone into large 3-D pieces as well as permanent mural pieces.”

Finding a site for the mural was the biggest challenge of the project, and the proposed design was reworked several times as locations were considered.

“I wanted to factor in the different elements of Worthington and the festival and other cultural events you have as well,” said McCann.

Work on the mural will continue throughout the week, with help from local artists.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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