Mural Update: Nine New Murals in the Works for 2018

 

 

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Voices Productions has taken to the streets of Dubuque once again to add color and life to buildings around the city.

In 2016, the organization suspended its 11-year tradition of Millwork District gallery shows to embark on a public art project. The result was 18 large scale murals.
See the 2017 murals here.

The group is setting out to complete nine more in 2018, bringing the total to 27. So far two are in progress or completed: one on the Steve’s Ace Hardware building at 200 S. Locust St., and one at 1638 Central Ave. Many others are planned for Central Avenue.

“The difference between this year is that property owners are reaching out to us, asking to participate in the mural initiative by requesting a mural on their wall and offering to pay for it,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions.

The murals are also supported by grants and partners, including Runde Auto Group and Humanities Iowa.

The art is drawing quite a bit of attention — tourists and locals can be seen snapping photos of the giant paintings.

“Public art and murals are important because they take fallow, lifeless public walls and transform them into animated places,” Mulgrew said. “In the process, a zeitgeist is expressed, and diverse audiences are engaged.”

The newest mural on Steve’s Ace Hardware is being painted by Gaia, the same artist who painted the Automate and floral murals on 2nd St.

The mural at 1638 Central Ave. depicts La Pacha Mama, an Incan fertility goddess. It also features the Mississippi River and Julien Dubuque Bridge. It was designed by Miami painter Luis Valle.

When the murals are complete, a program will be produced so that observers can take a walking tour.

Learn more about Voices Productions here.

 

Welcoming Brian Oswald to Runde Auto Group in Platteville

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Please join us in welcoming Brian Oswald to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville!

Brian moved to Platteville from Cuba City a year ago. He previously worked in the mortgage industry.

“I have always wanted to sell cars and trucks,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of people and I have always heard Runde’s has a great reputation.”

He is excited to sell from Runde Auto Group’s inventory of more than 1,650 vehicles.

“I have always tried to make sure the customer has a positive experience and I pride myself on delivering great customer service, which means helping people meet their needs in a way that is efficient, pleasant, and informative,” he said.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys coaching basketball, playing tennis, watching all sports, traveling and reading.

His favorite vehicles are the GMC Yukon Denali for long trips, and the Chevrolet Cruze for getting around town.

“I like the Yukon because of its room, the smooth ride, and its safety features,” he said. “And I like the Cruze because of its athletic look.”

Brian can be reached by calling 866-576-0797 or by emailing boswald@rundeautogroup.com

Welcoming Rick Petitgout to Runde Auto Group

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We are pleased to announce that Rick Petitgout has joined the sales staff at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque!

Rick has been in the automotive industry for 17 years and has been selling vehicles for 14 years.

“It is not a car buying experience, it is a relationship-building experience,” he says. “I’m excited to be a part of Runde Auto Group and am looking forward to many, many, many years of building successful relationships.”

Originally from East Dubuque, Rick lives in Asbury with his wife Marjorie, his four-year-old daughter Ariana, and their two miniature dachshunds.

In his free time, Rick enjoys golfing, cheering on Notre Dame football, the Chicago Cubs, and the San Francisco 49ers.

“I’m also a self-proclaimed chef on my Big Green Egg grill,” he says.

20180621_141652Rick, whose nickname is “Petty,” was named after his mother’s favorite Chicago Cubs player, Rick Monday. He keeps a bobble head of the baseball star on his desk.

With so much experience in the auto industry, we had to know – what is Rick’s all-time favorite vehicle? He said it would have to be the Chevrolet Avalanche.

“Built on a Suburban platform, you can use it for towing or use the eight-foot bed for hauling, plus it has second-row seating,” he says.

Rick is looking forward to putting his knowledge and experience to good use at Runde Auto Group by making the buying process simple and enjoyable.

“Good customer service is before, during, and after the sale,” he says. “It’s all about building relationships and friendships.”

Rick can be reached by calling 866-735-5200 ext. 237, or by emailing rpetitgout@rundechevrolet.com